This week Vickie sat down with Netherlands-based illustrator, blogger, and author of Your Sharpie Style, Deborah Green. They talk about the choice to reinvent one’s self creatively, taking the leap to move out of country (again), and how vintage decor and Amsterdam architecture inspire her illustration style .
Deborah Green is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, published craft book author, and all round crafty momma.
Born as a Gemini in Amsterdam in the mid 70s. A mix of a creative Indonesian mother, and a more analytical Dutch father.
As a youngster Deborah realized she would win almost every drawing contest she entered. Naturally, drawing became her favorite creative outlet.
After college Deborah spent a number of years in the corporate world, organizing large events at the IT department of a major bank.
When she got her first sewing machine, Deborah started altering clothes, making stuffed animals, tote bags, anything she could draw, she could sew. People started to find and buy her work, and slowly the possibility of being creative for a living became more clear.
In 2007 Deborah moved overseas to the inspiring city of New York. It was there were she fully started creating full time. Working as a graphic designer / illustrator, and running an online business, Mod and Mint, selling mid century vintage treasures to collectors, tv shows and stylists. She explored more crafts, embroidery, crocheting, needle felting, collage art, resin casting, and plaster sculpting. Deborah wrote two craft books, 100 Applique Motifs, and Your Sharpie Style, which has recently been released by Harper Collins.
After almost a decade in New York, Deborah recently returned to the Netherlands, with her husband, toddler son, and cat.
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