An Interview with Surface Designer Vicky Webb AKA Crumpets and Crabsticks

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My sister and I haven’t always been that close. I wasn’t the best of sisters as a kid. It has taken a lot of growing up (and hundreds of miles) for us to be the way we are with each other today. Motherhood can and will change your relationship with your family members and it certainly has changed ours. For the better of course. Our relationship is stronger now than it has ever been and to be honest, I am a very proud big sister. I mean, I don’t wanna be all soppy and stuff, that’s not our jam, but I am proud of the things she has been able to achieve and the lessons she has learnt from my mistakes. She has worked hard to be where she is now.

It’s not everyday that you get to interview your little sister. Sounds strange saying it out loud but here I am. So let’s find out who the woman behind Crumpets and Crabsticks really is.

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Brighton Fun. Copyright of Monsterful Mama

About Vicky

Vicky AKA Crumpets and Crabsticks (30) was born in Kent but now lives in the Isle of Man with her husband, daughter and cat. Her interests lie in British culture, general anthropology and watching people, the environment, mathematics and pattern. She largely uses water colour, acrylic, and computer based image making software. She is also a maker of ethical and recycled products.

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What is the meaning behind your name?

Back at uni, we had a day of working on branding and self promotion, and one of the suggestions for coming up with a name was thinking about your favourite things. Crumpets and crabsticks are two of my favourite foods from my childhood. It kind of rolled off the tongue. It just stuck.

Why did you become a designer?

I didn’t see any other possible outcome in my life. I would not be happy doing anything else, so there was never really any other option.

What exactly is a Surface Designer?

The brain gets a rush when you notice a pattern and successfully predict what is coming next, whether this is aurally or visually. I always remember as a kid looking for the repeats in fabrics and I still do it today, almost as a little test. I designed my first repeat pattern in my last year of uni for a screen printed tote bag fundraiser and since then I’ve been hooked.

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Goats- Copyright of Crumpets and Crabsticks

Since graduating I have tried my hand at many different creative avenues, but pattern was always the most rewarding for me. I now apply my repeats to any surface that can take them. I’ve found PoD (print on demand) websites to be the best outlet for this as I can cater to the largest of audience with the largest product selection.

How would you describe yourself/your style?

Chameleon-esque? I don’t limit myself to one style. I’ll draw inspiration from anywhere and try to put my own spin on it.

Which of your own designs is your favourite?

Surprisingly, none of my best sellers. Probably the ones where I’ve surprised myself, either due to a particularly difficult technique or repeat, rather than an appealing aesthetic.

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What skill would you like to master and why?

Networking. I find the whole thing rather embarrassing (I blame being English) and things like social media get a bit neglected, but it’s a necessity in any industry these days.

If money was no object, what hobby would you like to start up?

It’s a toss up between pottery and jewellery making, as they both definitely have a paywall – but I couldn’t be happy making things that their only purpose is ornamental. Therefore pottery would win.

What are you looking forward to in the next 10 years?

Watching my Daughter grow up and seeing how she influences my designs.

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Nursery Prints – Copyright of Crumpet and Crabsticks

What does a typical day in your life look like?

A year a go it would have been – Coffee, staying in PJs, firing up the PC. If the zone can be found – I stay there until the end of the day. Now things have changed, we have a daughter now, during the day baby duties have replaced design ones. ‘The zone’ has not adapted, it still requires commitment – so I work in the evenings where I can set aside a few uninterrupted hours.

If you could live in any fictional world, which one would you choose?

Probably Discworld, because even though bad things will undoubtedly happen to you, at least they will happen with a sense of irony, and maybe a bad pun or two.

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Pressed Flower Pin Badges – Copyright of Crumpets and Crabsticks

If you could only have 2 pizza toppings for the rest of your life, what would you have?

Pineapple. Yes I know. Mushroom. – You didn’t say I had to have them together though right?

Any words of wisdom for inspiring designers?

  • Don’t give up. Your work will be terrible at first. That’s to be expected.
  • Don’t worry too much about what others think – there are so many people out there now seeing your work (thanks internet) that there is bound to be some people out there that will like your work. Be patient.
  • Design for yourself – don’t concern yourself too much about what will sell, you’ll beat the fun out of it, and you’ll have sold out before you’ve even made a sale.
  • Diversify – if you’re taking the route of PoD sites to fund your art habit make a store in all of them, they all have good days and bad days, and they all attract different types of customers. Just because Society6 worked well for someone – doesn’t mean it’ll work well for you. Don’t be too proud, Zazzle might make you more money than the top end fashionable sites if you play your cards right.

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If I am honest, it’s pretty cool and inspiring to have such a talented and creative little sister. Naturally, she challenges me to get creative, even if it is just for typical sibling rivalry. Let’s just say she helps to bring my best creative side out of me.

You can find more from Vicky on the following links:

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Blog

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Hope you’ve enjoyed the read. Let us know what you think. Do you have somebody who helps you to be more creative? Drop a comment below.

Thanks.

Peace and love,

Monsterful Mama

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Our Top 5 Netflix Shows

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Now I know you’re all thinking ‘Not another Netflix post!’ but hey. Since becoming a mum and a part time supply teacher (especially as it is the summer holidays too), I’ve had some time to catch up and binge on some great TV that I missed when I was working full time. So without giving away too much, I’m sharing our five favourite shows on Netflix. This list represents some of the shows that we as a couple have enjoyed the most and is in no order. Oh and this is not a sponsored post.

Our Top 5 Netflix Shows

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Gotham Series 1 to 4 – 8/10

This is a story about a teenage Batman, before he is Batman. You’ll watch as Bruce Wayne fights puberty and villains. The show is mostly centered about Jim Gordon and the GCPD which makes it more interesting to watch.  It is a great, action packed take on early Gotham and the characters of the Batman series but be warned, by season four you may want to give Bruce Wayne a slap!

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Brooklyn 99 Series 1 to 5 – 9/10

A group of cops in New York hilariously fighting crime and kicking ass. This show is a load of laughs. It’s light hearted and witty and will have you in a binge session before you know it. It is so easy to watch. The relationships between the characters is pure genius and you will love to watch them as they unfold. We have binged this show hard. We cannot wait for the next series to come out later this month.

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Stranger Things Series 1 and 2 – 10/10

Of course I had to mention this one. If you haven’t seen or heard of this series already, you must have been living under a rock.  A group of kids who play Dungeons and Dragons suddenly have their world turned upside down (pun intended) when one of their group (Will) goes missing. They spend the whole of series 1 trying to find him with the help of a girl named Eleven and a dodgy cop called Hopper. It’s all a bit trippy with flashing Christmas lights and funky eighties hair do’s but Stranger things is a great show and has definitely kept us entertained whilst we wait for GoT.

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Santa Clarita Diet – 8/10

This has got to be one of the funniest things we have watched in a while. I was totally not ready for the zombie/cannibal Drew Barrymore. As a successful realtor and mum Drew battles a hunger for human flesh on top of the usual problems women face on a daily basis. It was nice to have a different spin on the usual sci-fi undead stuff.

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Atypical – 9/10

This show is just simply about a young lad with autism as he faces life in an American high-school. To top it off, not only is he trying to cope with the social complexities of puberty and high-school but his family also seem to be falling apart around him. It is a standard coming of age story but with a difference. As a teacher and a parent, I loved this show. It gets a bit emotional towards the end so make sure you have some tissues at the ready. I am so looking forward to the second series.

So what do you think? What have been your favourite shows so far this year? We’re looking forward to a few of these coming back with another series in the coming month and I am looking forward to seeing what Halloween and Christmas films Netflix will have up soon (hopefully).

Thanks for reading.
Peace and Love

Monsterful Mama

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