Tigerlilly Quinn: Valentines for Paperchase

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Valentines for Paperchase

This time last year I started to think about the coming Valentines day (we decided to go to Barcelona in the end after a particularly depressing Christmas it was beautiful and just what we needed). Tom and I usually make each other birthday/valentines cards because its all the more special and personal. Valentines day is also a bit more special to us as it is the date I moved back down from Newcastle to be with Tom, you can read about that here and here if you like.
Aaaaanyway I digress, the point of this post is that this time last year whilst thinking of valentines cards I decided to send a few designs to my favourite card shop Paperchase. I sent them via courier to the address on their site and the following morning at 9.05 I received a call from their head buyer! Their buyer Gemma (who was lovely) said they were very interested in my style and asked me to send in a few rough sketches with valentines themes such as a typewriter and the phrase 'you're just my type' and other cheesy puns! One of the ideas I sent them was the below

The funny thing is that I had drew this little illustration for Tom in a sentimental moment on a break from work and sent it to him in an email. I had no idea then that it would be useful in the future and by no means think its my best work! Often I find that the work I have worked many hours on or think is good is not necessarily the ones other people think are good. I think the prime example of this is this quick sketch I did of the 'animals I see on my way to work' 

























which then went on to win the cover of The Metro!

Stick to the point Fritha! (I swear my baby brain is making me not able to focus on anything at any one time). SO after sending in the rough sketches they contacted me to say they would like to buy the cat design. I sold over all right to the design, I would like to say I am very content with the amount I received for the design and feel very happy with my working relationship with Paperchase. A lot of people have asked me how much they paid me and suggested they should have sent me the range/royalties for the designs, I understand that sometimes big companies do rip of smaller illustrators but like I said I am very happy with the contract I have with them and would be happy to work with them again in the future. 
The surprising thing was that I understood they were buying the design for a card only and so when a Twitter friend that works for Paperchase advised me a few weeks ago that there was a full range (including snow globes!!) I was a little taken a back. As you can see from below the design has been changed slightly but overall I am very impressed with what they have done with it, I had a cup of tea out of the mug as soon as I got home.








11 comments:

harriet gray said...

how cute!! i love the little hand warmers, well done!
it's funny you said about the quick drawings being their favourite, i find that too, that people tend too like the pieces of my work i am less keen on (and vise versa)

well done,such a beautiful range of products xx

Mrs. Biscuit said...

How ridiculously exciting! Congrats!!!

I love paperchase, I swear they always have the CUTEST stuff! The mug and handwarmers are definitely my favorite! I'll have to see if they sell them in the states!!

<3 <3 <3
MuffinLovesBiscuit

☆Sumi☆ said...

Wow that's amazing! Well done! Everything is so cute!! I'm always in need of a hand warmer!

jennifer_lloyd said...

These are so cute! Paperchase is heaven for me, so welldone Fritha.

Laura said...

Wow congratulations! That is probably my dream, to have a range in paperchase! Maybe i should send them some illustrations sometime and see what happens :)

Tigerlilly Quinn said...

thanks everyone!
@laura you should! your work is v cute :) x

Kate Blandford said...

Oh I am SO glad you like it all. Did you see the stickers too?! I will be purchasing a fluffy cat pen soon :]

Tigerlilly Quinn said...

@kate, thanks for telling me about it! Yep I need to get me some stickers! :) x

hannah said...

I think this is so wonderful :) to see your design on such a sweet range of items must make you feel really proud!! I love Paperchase, and your illustration is wonderful xx

Nicki said...

How amazing to see your designs come to life... And in Paperchase! That place is so dreamy! Wishing you many more Paperchase collections x

Cathryn {Pencil Stitches} said...

This is amazing. What an acheivement. You must be so happy! :)

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