I interrupt regular broadcast of Fave things Friday to bring to you the first in a new series, #shoplocal. A series where I showcase my old faves and new finds that embody shop local for me. These are businesses who are either local to me, or within our fab country, who source and produce locally or ethically and are often just small rad businesses that I feel deserve the spotlight shone on them. this series has come about after the survey I sent out to you babes, asking whether shop local was important to you. The results were a resounding, 100% YES. And so this series was born <3
The first cab off the rank, so to speak, is the gorgeous Jennifer of Jen and Jennifer.
*she’s like the dentist who doesn’t show his face!!! Keep reading for the one pic I’ve found!
I came across Jennifer when down the black hole that is Instagram. You know when you see one pic, that leads you to an account which leads to another and before you know it you’ve spent 2 hours on Instagram, made some new (imaginary) friends and are obsessing over someone’s art, fash, makeup etc?! I can’t remember how I came across Jennifer but it was earlier in the year and I fell immediately in love with her. I was going to say her illustrations but I love more than just them, I love her prints, her pics, her little insights into life. And her blog. This post, A Work Of Heart, truly resonated with me. As much as I love social media and spend many hours every day on it, it does lead to cases of COMPARISONITIS as she writes about. So that is how I found and started loving Jennifer <3
When I first decided to do this series, I sat down and wrote a list of lovelies who I wanted to be a part of it and set about emailing them. Although we have never had contact through any medium much less in real life, Jennifer replied super fast, happy to be a part of this, what I feel is super important, series.
What follows is a bit of Q and A…I emailed her questions, she responded! So in a way, over to you Jennifer…
My name is Jennifer Darr, I am a hopeless romantic, traveller, reader and over thinker. My background is in Fashion and Graphic Design but Ive always been an artist at heart. I feel so lucky to be able to say I do what I love and love what I do. I’m originally from Brisbane but currently live in the inner city suburbs of Melbourne with my Husband Simon.
2. What is Jen and Jennifer?
Jen and Jennifer is an Illustration studio. I do custom illustration, typography and content creation for both small and big clients. A day can involve anything from blogger portraits and typography for magazines to illustrations for big businesses or product photography for fashion labels
I’m currently head quartered in Melbourne, Australia, where I work from my home studio. I’m a one woman show and mainly work digitally with all my clients. I also sell Art prints via my online store.
I originally started freelancing after my husband and I moved to London in 2014. I had previously been working as a fashion designer but had decided to take a break from the industry when a few opportunities came up for illustration work, and I haven’t looked back since!
My current print range is all printed locally right here in Melbourne. In fact I am lucky enough to be able walk to my printers! I love supporting small business and manufacturing local means I get to meet the faces behind the dot coms and I find this creates a better collaborative environment and often means I can test ideas and qualities more easily.
Tea! You can blame living in England for my tea obsession. I actually only just recently drank my first cup of coffee, I’m definitely not a convert just yet, but when in Melbourne… (here is evidence of her tea drinking!)
Instagram : @Jennifer Darr
I’ve set up a 10% discount code for your readers! Just enter SHOPLOCAL10 at checkout (valid June and July)