I’m Daria, the illustrator and creator of everything you see on “Things by Daria”.
In this blog I'll be sharing some of my upcoming work as well as things that inspire me and the stories that help me create the characters and designs that make up my world. After years of creating my work for a selected audience - selling in local art shows, trade-shows and fairs, I'm so excited to launch my online store and get a chance to share my world with you.
I really hope you enjoy it!
I guess I'll start by introducing myself and my work :)
At “Things by Daria” I create unique, fun, somewhat nostalgic and magical hand-drawn products for kids, that adults will adore, for their loved ones and for themselves! It is also my (second) baby.
The passion for arts and illustration has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. So, arts and fashion were the most natural choice for my college education; I graduated my BA & MA at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, but it was in fact, my working experience in digital and abstract arts, which evoked my desire to return to illustration. This passion to return back to the natural and basic gave me the motivation to move to New-York for an internship in fashion illustration at FIT. I’ve been holding a scrapbook and pencil ever since.
My illustrations, drawings and characters are all inspired by my huge love of animals and from the core of my very own life and family. My husband and I are parents to a beautiful three-year-old baby boy; We also share a home with our two rescued dogs and four adopted cats. Our daily routine plays a major part in my designs – whether it is be our pets that sit beside me while I’m drawing, demanding attention, rubs and cuddles, or our daily walks with our child to the hill behind our country house, where we look for snails, lizards, hedgehogs, and if we’re lucky - also foxes. We love making-up stories about them. Many times, Things by Daria’s designs are inspired by those mini-adventures and much of our son’s imagination comes to life in my drawings and inspires the stories behind them.
I believe that this connection to nature, environment and imagination - creating a brand-new world, as reflected in my designs - is what helps us, as parents and kids to turn the everyday routine (mealtime, bedtime, bathing, etc.), into a much more fun and magical experience.
This became the vision of Things by Daria and I’m so excited for the opportunity to share it with you.
We invite you to join the wonderful and adventurous world of Penny and Tom, Norman, Lucy, Louisa, Willow, and the rest of their animal friends to bring some magic into your life.