Just recently I've really got into illustration, and am drawn (see what I did there?!) to anyone who creates visually quirky and very clever imagery. One such illustrator is Tez from Tez Illustrator. Based on the coast of North Devon, in the lovely village of Braunton, Tez graduated with a Fda in Illustration from Plymouth University this year.
We love the series of retro and vintage cars she has put together. Apparently the inspiration for the cars came from Tez and her husband Andy’s passion for old (mainly American) cars. They own a 1989 Chevrolet Camaro at the moment, and have owned other older Camaro's, Pontiac Firebirds, Mark 1 and 2 Capris and Classic Porsche 924's in the past. The first car image was produced when Andy asked her to design a tee shirt for him featuring their car. Then once it was seen, people requested their own cars and they have friends in the local Classic car club ‘Devon Cruisers’ who's cars feature on much of Tez's work.
The current old car designs can be bought on tee shirts from www.zazzle.co.uk/tezillustrator, and on posters at www.etsy.com/shop/Tezillustrator. Tez tells us that any requests for illustrations of any particular car can be made via her website www.tezlywood.co.uk :O)
We asked Tez about her own home and whether she is a lover of retro things...She tells us: "I have 6 glass handkerchief bowls displayed on my windowsill, vintage fabric curtains in the living room, a ceramic cat string holder in the kitchen, a Heatmaster tea pot in use every day, Kathie Winkle side plates, Midwinter 'spare' full dinner service with serving platters and tureens, but my favourite is our Homemaker dinner service which we use every day".
She tells us her favourite item in the yay! retro shop at the minute is "the Uranium glass, I love the strength of colour and I have a passion for colourful vintage glass, and still have loads to unpack after the house move. If I have a space not filled with glass when all the boxes are finally emptied, I’ll be browsing the site but shhh don’t tell my husband!" (haha - naughty!) Why not pop over to Tez's website now?
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