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About

Hello there, welcome to Doris & Fred 

I thought you might like to know a little bit about me

  • My name is Wendy Flynn
  • Doris and Fred were my grandparents 
  • I live in South West London with my wonderful husband and young son.
  • I am an Artist specialising in surface pattern design and Illustration
  • I started making notebooks in 2014 as gifts for friends, after a while I popped a few on Facebook and people loved them, Christmas 2014 I made about 300 personalised pocket notebooks!
  • Since then my collection has grown as customers have requested different types of books, to make their lives more organised. I have been selling solely though Facebook but thought it was time to set up a more customer friendly website.
  • I continue to create more patterns for the covers, usually doodling while watching tv and have plans for lots of new products
  • I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, it is all I ever wanted to do.
  • I have a degree in Graphic design from Bath Spa University College (way back in 1998)
  • I spent most of the 3 years in the darkroom and on the computer, drawing with my mouse. (I was the only illustrator in my year to primarily use a computer, which seems really odd now!)
  • I love to draw with India ink, using a sharpened stick, or dip pen, this comes from a mark making class in the textiles portion of my foundation course, I still have the stick i used then (in 1994!)
  • I also love using Illustrator and photoshop to enhance my doodles and add colour and sometimes texture.
  • Sometimes my work starts from a drawing, sometimes it just sort of happens on the computer, it depends on the day!
  • I learned all about colour and pattern design whilst working for Trend studio D-CipherFM from 1999 to 2006 I still freelance for them now.
  • I love to take photographs of everything around me, patterns and just things that interest me, from food to flowers to lines painted on the street! This used to involve carrying a bulky camera around all the time but thanks to my phone I can do this without too much sighing from those around me. These pictures inspire me and sometimes become part of my work.
  • I am happiest near the sea or in my favourite park in the sunshine.
  • My Inspiration comes from a variety of sources,
  • Artists I love - Jasper Johns, Martin Parr, Carolyn Gavin, Orla Kiely, M.Sasek, Jim Field
  • Things I love...  hanging out with my family, taking photos, listening to 90s indie music, having a cheeky dance, baking cakes, watching tv box sets, finding cool vintage fabrics, good pizza, burritos the size of your head, chocolate, a meal with good friends.

 5 things you might not know about me…..

  • I am addicted to Diet coke
  • I have a slight hoarding problem (see the stick mentioned above) 
  • My son is named after a Painter, a Musician and a Norse God!
  • I can't wear high heels
  • I love to make lists!

I would love to find an agent or studio to represent me. 

Please get in touch if you are interested, or with any commissions or Licensing deals, either by email dorisandfred@gmail.com or through the contact me page.