Women Who Create / Deborah Panesar

Today we are delighted to welcome Deborah Panesar to the S+S blog as the first in our new series Women Who Create Things Their Way. As one of the first people we made contact with in Nottingham before our recent move I am constantly inspired by Deborah’s work, style and drive to propel her business to the next level. We think you will be to.

Tell us a little about your background…

I’m a freelance surface designer and illustrator specialising in delicate illustrative patterns. Born and raised in Nottingham, I am a 2010 Norwich University of the Arts graduate, small business owner thanks to the Princes Trust since 2012 and an Etsy team leader since 2015.

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focussed and happy?

I always start and end my day with a brew and a sit in our garden (even in winter!) I find it helps clear out the mental clutter to start the day fresh, and is a meditative way to draw the working day to a close.

What two things can’t you live without?

My Get To Work book (it helps organise me like nothing else every could) and my Spotify account (the soundtrack to my working day)

What is your biggest source of inspiration? 

Museums and archives

What is the meaning of ‘craft’ to you?

Craft to me is the embodiment of imagination being expressed through hands.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

I would love to collaborate with Liberty’s ­ their print collection and home-wares are what dreams are made of, and for a chance to have my own designs sold there would tick off a serious bucket list goal!

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

My pot of pencils ­ the foundation of all my work.

What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?

It’s having the freedom to work anywhere you want ­ sometimes I find I work best at my desk, others from the sofa or a coffee house or a friends garden. You can never be stifled in a way that working 9­5 could, when you can make your own routine and schedule.

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

I’ve so many amazing moments that I’m grateful for, but my greatest milestone was designing an exclusive home-ware range for Asda in association with the Princes Trust. Seeing my designs (and face on the tags!) in Asda stores across the country was a serious ‘mind­blown’ moment!


You can find out more about Deborah’s stunning work and inspirations by hopping over to her brand new website here at deborahpanesar.com and also by following her on social media @DeborahPanesarIllustrations on Facebook/Twitter/IG

Our second interview in this exciting new series will be live on Tuesday 16th Feb and feature the awesome Illustrator and crafter Lucy Davidson of Peas & Needles blog fame.

You can join in the discussion and send us your answers by using the hashtag #womenwhocreate

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