This week I’m talking to Abi Duncombe of Peachie Pie Designs – an illustrator based in the Cotswolds – about making people smile with art. I came across her on Instagram and love her designs; she’s been a big inspiration to me so I was really happy when she agreed to answer my questions!
Hi Abi! Thanks for getting involved in this series. Please could you tell us a little bit about yourself that we might not already know?
How lovely of you to think of me, I’m more than happy to get involved!
One random fact is that I can’t stand oranges – maybe that’s why I’m so drawn to peaches?!
My hobbies include vibe cycle so I can spin to music (note from me – I had no idea what this was when Abi mentioned it so had to google it – here’s a link if you’re curious!)
, and sketching day and night.
What led you to starting your business?
I studied children’s story book illustration at the University of Gloucestershire and I’ve been designing ever since. My designs aim to bring a little Peachie Pie happiness to people’s walls and homes. I suppose my bobble head people are my trademark. The business has just expanded over time…I suppose I’ve never really stopped drawing and designing and I just love thinking up new ideas to bring a smile to people’s faces.
What’s your biggest motivation for what you do?
My motivation for drawing and illustrating is seeing the reactions from my customers and making people smile. So much of what we see on social media nowadays is people trying to be something they’re not or striving to be better, lose weight…wear more make up…or fit in with the crowds. Helping people to see that everyone is different and beautiful in their own way along with the importance of family, friends and even pets, brings me a lot of joy.
Some of Abi’s beautiful family timeline prints
What have been some of your biggest wins?
One has to be illustrating “The Princess Astronaut” which was good fun. However the biggest achievement has been having the honour and privilege to revamp the ‘PINNT’ bear (logo) for a charity extremely close to my heart. PINNT stands for Patients on Intravenous and Nasogastric Nutrition; my brother is a long-term user of artificial nutrition and it’s quite literally his lifeline. When I was approached by the chairman of the charity to rework their logo for their articles and magazine, I was overjoyed and touched.
Where do you see your business in the future?
I’m hoping to see my business expand further in the future and I would love to start selling more cards. I’m currently setting up my own website which will bring a whole new look to my sales platform. I’d love people to see my work and recognise my style…to see my work as a “Peachie Pie design”.
What would you advise someone starting their own business, whether that be part-time or full-time?
Be confident in your own work and persevere. If you’re looking to start a website I highly recommend Etsy as a starting point. The fees are frustrating, however they work behind the scenes using search engine optimisation to expose your work. It’s been a fantastic platform for selling my work.
Who are some other creative business owners you admire?
Some other creative business owners I really admire are By Sadie, who creates beautifully hand-stitched garlands and nursery toys/decor, and Isla Kate Dolls, whose dolls are just adorable in every way and I love that they’re personalised too.
And lastly, where can we find you online?
You can currently find my illustrations on Etsy, but look out for my new website coming soon!
I really enjoyed finding out more about Abi and the love and care behind her business; do check her out because her illustrations are lovely and might make the perfect present for someone you know! Which creative business owners do you most admire? I’d love to hear!