Meet our Deuce Custom Kicks Makers!
Recently, we ran our Deuce Custom Kicks design a sneaker contest, inviting you all to design a print for your dream canvas sneakers. Thank you to everyone that entered, we were overwhelmed with how many talented designs there were! We hope our Custom Kicks contest brought those who entered, a fun and creative outlet to lighten the mood during lockdown. Creativity can be discovered in all aspects of life, whether it’s the shoes you put on your feet, the places they take you, or the special moments you create in your day.
As we continue to celebrate creativity, we want to spotlight our Winner and Runner’s up, to give you an insight into the faces behind the designs that you loved and voted for.
You may have seen her design entry…
We are going to take Anna’s design and turn it into a pair of custom kicks to feature in our Deuce Spring/Summer 20 range as an exclusive limited-edition release! We’ll keep you posted on when they are available to shop.
In the meantime, Anna fills us in on all things creative and the inspiration behind her design.
A: For me it's about having a vision, playing around with ideas, and taking all the exploration, including any 'creative mishaps' or 'happy mistakes', as part of the creative journey. It also means putting myself out there and not overthinking every detail!
A: Reading: I've got Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg on the go and funnily enough I've just finished The Secret Life of Bees! (A lockdown virtual bookclub read which might have been the inspiration for the Custom Kicks design?!) Listening: Love a good podcast – some recent favourites – The High Low, the One Girl Band podcast, Own your hustle, Armchair Expert (to name a few!)
A: A lot of my recent illustrations and surface patterns have had a floral, foliage theme, which is where my bees print stemmed from. We've spent a lot of time outside recently in lockdown with our two little girls – rain, hail or shine! The girls find all the little creatures, watching their movements – so the bees design is something they can enjoy too! My four-year-old was over the moon when I told her we'd won with the bees!
A: My personal illustrative style is quite free-flowing and I usually like to incorporate a hand-drawn, inky element to my design. As part of my design process, I'll start with a notebook sketch, then move to digital format (Photoshop and/or Illustrator) to manipulate, scale, arrange, add colour etc. I love to add a pop of colour, textural elements and layers too. When working with clients, my artwork style can easily alter to achieve their brand identity.
A: You can follow me on Instagram at @porteden.design or say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're keen to chat about upcoming design projects!
At the very core of Deuce, we value the importance of experimenting, trying new things and not taking life too seriously. And over the past few months, we have learned the value and benefits of keeping positive and creative during challenging periods. We aim to continue to bring more creative activities to our community soon.