NM: How would you describe your work?
EP: Most of my work represents my fantasies and my dreams. For example, “my dear ladies” collection is all about sexy and pretty girls ... I would love to be one of them! My band new collection, “little Curly” is of my childhood, and the illustrations are based upon myself when I was a little girl.
NM: How long have you been drawing/painting for?
EP: I have had a strong passion for art ever since I picked up my first pencil as a child. When I was working as a graphic designer, I didn’t have time to draw or paint. Two years ago, I picked up pencils to draw, and since then, I make time to draw everyday.
NM: Did you go to school for art?
EP: I studied Commercial Design and Graphic Design in Hong Kong. In 1999, I went to London to study Visual Art at Camberwell College of Art.
NM: Do you do illustrate full time?
EP: At the moment, I am a part-time freelance illustrator. I would love to be a full-time artist one day. I’m working on it!
NM: Have you ever thought about illustrating for children's books?
EP: I love to illustrate children's books. I’m current illustrating a children's book and I’m planning to write something about “little Curly” for one too.
NM: What is your favorite thing to draw and why?
EP: I love to draw children, girls, animals and everything natural.
NM: How do you attract people to your shop? Where/how do you promote your shop?
EP: To be honest, I don’t have much time to promote these days. I tell people about what I do and about my shop, and I have a myspace, facebook and flickr pages, and a blog.
NM: Are your items available anywhere other than Etsy?
EP: My items are on Etsy and some gift shops in London.
NM: Do you have a blog? If so, please tell us a little bit about it.
EP: Yes, I do. My blog is mainly about illustration - my work and useful information for other illustrators.
NM: Is there anything interesting about yourself you would like to share with us?
EP: Well, there's a lot of interesting things about me!!! Hmm??? I’m a funny person (my husband always say this). I’m not good at speaking and writing, but I’m planning to write a children's book! I was born in Cambodia. I have natural curly hair with two round big eyes... I look like little Curly. I’m 100% Chinese but I do not look Chinese at all. When people look at me they ask ”Are you Chinese or …? But you don’t look Chinese."
Name: Ella Parry
Business/Shop Name: Ella Parry
Location: London (UK)
Website URL: www.ellaparry.com (under construction)
Etsy URL: ellaparry.etsy.com
Blog URL: ellaparry.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Ella-Parry/43176685758