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Meet the Artist: Jamie Nash of I'd Like to Be

Posted on July 12, 2013 by Amy There have been 0 comments

The concept, I'd like to be, evokes a simpler time when we wished we could be a brave knight or a shiny space robot from outer space.  I'd Like to Be's range of absolutely brilliant, graphic children's wall art includes Red Bus Art (A Red Bus Driver), Robot Art (A Shiny Space Robot), Policeman Art (A Bobby on The Beat) as well as A Creative Cook, A Shootin' Sheriff, A Noble Knight, A Champion Driver and A Prima Ballerina.

London Red Bus Art Poster by I'd Like to Be Jamie Nash, Designer and Children's Wall Art Print Maker of I'd Like to Be. Shop London Red Bus Art and other children's graphic wall art online at Everything Begins.

I'd like to be, was founded by London based designer Jamie Nash, combining his love of illustration with a desire to create unique and stylish designs. Jamie often finds inspiration from vintage children's storybooks and toys, interpreting them with a modern edge to give the designs their bold and distinctive style.

Everything Begins somewhere.  Tell us a bit about your background – what path led you to making the most amazing range of Chidren's Wall Art and Wall Art for Kids?

I loved drawing from a young age and  I remember trying to draw the characters from old Ladybird story books. I took a creative path through education and was lucky enough to get my first job as a packaging designer after studying graphic design at University. Packaging is often very illustrative and working for other clients is great, but I started 'I'd Like to Be', to give me the freedom to pursue my own work and interests in design.

Red Bus Art | London Red Bus Poster Red Bus Art, I'd Like to Be ... A Red Bus Driver. Buy online at Everything Begins.

What challenges have you faced since starting out as a Children's Wall Art artist and on the flip side your biggest triumph?

It was great seeing my prints on the screen for the first time after working so long on the characters.  Silkscreening is a traditional process and I love the vibrancy of the colour and the smell of the fresh ink! The challenges are putting aside my own preferences to think what will appeal to the wider market. It's sometimes surprising which prints are the best sellers. Art is so subjective.

Robot Art | Robot Art by I'd Like to Be Robot Art being traditionally silkscreened by Jamie of I'd Like to Be Children's Wall Art Prints.

How would you describe your work & what would you say is the most special thing about your Wall Art for Kids?

My work is simple and bold, but considered.  Design and wall art for children can be overwhelmed with colour and textures but I wanted to create a simpler aesthetic. I think they're quite different in the marketplace.

Robot Art | Robot Art by I'd Like to Be | Children's Art Robot Art, I'd Like to Be ... A Space Robot ... Wall Art for Kids freshly printed in Jamie's studio.

Red Bus Art | London Red Bus Posters Freshly Printed Red Bus Art ... I'd Like to Be ... A Red Bus Driver. Buy this fab Red Bus Art online at Everything Begins.

What are you most proud of in your work and your range of Wall Art for Kids?

I take a lot of time making sure the detail is perfect - line widths are always consistent and I always aim to create symmetry, sticking to geometric shapes where I can. I always start with just black and white until I'm happy with the design, and then choose the colour. Setting myself these rules ensures they work together as a family - it's probably my design background coming into play too!

I'd Like to Be Wall Art for Kids I'd Like to Be Wall Art for Kids - the full series of graphic art prints, designed especially for children.

Policeman Art | Bobby On The Beat | I'd Like to Be Policeman Art for Children ... I'd Like to Be ... A Bobby on The Beat

What kind of material do you think has great possibilities?

Paper choice makes a big difference, especially when screen printing as you can pretty much screen onto anything. I aim to produce limited edition prints soon and have already been experimenting with metallics….

A Creative Cook, wall art for kids by I'd Like to Be. A Creative Cook, Wall Art for Kids by I'd Like to Be.

What does a typical day at work look like? 

It varies every day. If I've got a new project I always start with researching around the subject. I still sketch quite a lot rather than going straight to the computer. I also drink a lot of tea.

What would be your dream creative project or collaboration?

I have an interest in interiors so I'd love to do a range of designer cushions or tableware. I'm always flicking through Elle decoration and interior blogs.

A Shootin' Sheriff Wall Art for Kids A Shootin' Sheriff Wall Art for Kids by Children's Wall Art designer, I'd Like to Be.

If you weren’t a designer what would you do?

I have no idea - I don't think I could do anything else! I did do a year on an animation course before I chose graphics, but that's still design isn't it. I always wanted to work for Disney when I was young.

Ballerina Wall Art by Children's Wall Art Designer I'd Like to Be. Ballerina Wall Art for Kids. I'd Like to be..."A Prima Ballerina"

What inspires you?

I often wander into London to get inspiration - either walking around Selfridges or some of the quirky independent stores - Camden Passage in Islington is amazing. There are so many exhibitions and events on in London - Pick Me up at Sommerset House is an annual exhibition for prints and illustration, and also some of the quirkier museums here. The Museum of Brands in Notting Hill is a real gem with examples of packaging through the decades, right back to the Victorian era and the invention of branding. Packaging is always changing and it really represents the time - just like fashion. You just don't notice it that much until you look back.

Wall Art for Kids | A Noble Knight | I'd Like to Be Wall Art for Kids by I'd Like to Be ... A Noble Knight.

What are your favourite reads, both magazines & blogs?

As I mentioned, I love Elle decoration. I also like Jamie Oliver's food magazine and The Loop is a new quarterly children's magazine with great illustrations. There's so much available online now too but a favourite is This is Collate.

The Loop Children's Wall Art Magazine | Wall Art for Kids Magazine The Loop Children's Magazine featuring lots of lovely illustrations and wall art for children.

What are you listening to right now?

Daft Punk's new album is great.


What books would we find on your bedside table?

The last book I read was the Damned United by David Pearce. I tend to prefer non-fiction and read Steve Job's autobiography recently. He was so inspirational - building up Apple from his Garage. He always stuck to his design principles as well which I admire.

What wall art and other pieces of art would we find in your home?

We have loads of prints by illustrators we like, picked up at various exhibitions or events. We need more space to put them up! We also have lots of stuff from our travels - ceramics, vases and bottles. If I could have any piece in the world though I'd love a David Hockney.

Children's Wall Art | A Champion Driver | I'd Like to Be Kid's Wall Art by I'd Like to Be ... A Champion Driver.

What does a perfect day off look like?

A walk in the country, drinks with friends, family meals. I like the simple life!

Most treasured possession?

At the moment, my iPad mini. I can't live without it.

Alphabet Bags Alphabet Tote Bag - Letter J Jamie's EB Pick: Alphabet Bags Alphabet Tote Bag - Letter J. Click to browse & buy.

Where would we find you on a Saturday?  Doing what?

Catching up on sleep, having a lie-in, then a cooked breakfast. And maybe a wander into town with a walk along the southbank.

London’s best kept secret?

Forget the London Eye for views of the city - instead take the old spiral staircase to the top of St Paul's cathedral. It feels a bit old and rickety (not good if you're afraid of heights) but the views from the top are breathtaking.

The Print Society Designer Cushion | Chevron Cushion | Colour Collector \ Red Lime Jamie's EB Pick: The Print Society Designer Cushion. Click to browse & buy online.

And finally, let us in on a little secret? 

Our next print will be a Plundering Pirate.

Designer Tea Towels by Jonna Saarinen. Jamie's EB Pick, Designer Tea Towels by Jonna Saarinen. Click to browse & buy online.

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