The Mum Club Featuring Ellie Good Illustration
Your social calendar when you become a mum fills up with kids birthday parties quicker than you you have time to think about cards and gifts. The useful 'card draw' you kept pre baby quickly whittles down to the odd 'new home' or 'thanks' and the last minute 'oh shit it's Toby's 3rd birthday' becomes a regular pre school panic! All hail Ellie Good Illustration to save the day...or year!!
MY NAME IS … Ellie Good
MY BRAND IS… Ellie Good Illustration
I LIVE IN… a little village in South Bucks
I FEEL MOST AT HOME… Walking in the woods with my nippers and man.
I AM A MUM AND… a lover of drawing, design, music, friends, nature and any form of silliness. The more stupid the better. I'm passionate about sustainability and slow / ethical living.
THINGS THAT KEEP ME AWAKE AT NIGHT… The state we are currently leaving this planet in for our kids. It is the main thing that should be keeping everyone on Earth awake...
WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE… A writer or a cartoonist. I fancied marine biologist too, before I realised I was fairly shit at science.
MY FIRST STEPS TAKEN TO START MY BRAND WHERE... I had the idea for A Year of Cards a while back when I kept running out of cards in my stash and needed one last minute. It all became real when I made illustrations for my kids bedrooms and decided to print extra. Then the illustrations for the cards followed quite organically and it snowballed from there. I launched in September 2016. I'm a graphic designer (Double Yolk Design) as well as an illustrator, so I created the branding and website before I worked out things like marketing ideas and wholesale pricing. That was the hard bit!
THE HARDEST PART OF MOTHERHOOD IS… The brain-ache of juggling of kids, house, work etc. Staying calm when you've got PMT, a client keeps calling you on your day off and you're faced with a day of tantrums - and all you want to do is run out of the house and keep going.
THIS KEEPS ME SANE... Music. If I'm pissed off and I put music on it totally changes my mood. Country walks work wonders and I also find my work days make me feel balanced too.
I COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT (PHYSICAL OBJECT)... Trees. (I know, what a fucking hippy, right?!)
MY BIGGEST RISK... Launching a magazine, EggMag, in 2009.
MY BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT... Launching a magazine, EggMag, in 2009! (No longer with us, sadly).
MY BEST PIECE OF ADVICE… Make time to do what you love. I have tried to do other things that visual arts, but it doesn't work. I am a better human being when I'm creating something.
AND LASTLY A PERSONAL ONE! I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS DIFFERENTLY IN MY LABOUR… I was blessed with two relatively good labours. But first time round, I would have told the midwife to piss of when she kept putting me on my back. I'd have stayed on all fours. I think my son came out back to back as a result. (Second time I was on all fours and my daughter turned around on her way out).
Social media: Insta / Twitter / Pinterest = @EllieGood_Illo