Here are some key facts about the artist, my owner, AKA my ‘Best Beloved'’
Name: Ophelia Yannaghas
Age: sweet 17
Home Town: Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Education: Monks Eleigh Primary School & Culford School, near Bury st Edmunds (present)
Favourite Things: Me (The Foofster), school-friends, French, Greece, fruit - any kind! (most partial to mangoes though), her ukulele, Apple Pencil & iPad Pro. (Oh yes (tsk) and I've been told to mention) Oreo, the black and white cat!
Art & Design was always her favourite subject - but I didn’t know her way back when. I’m told she spent a lot of her childhood doodling and at the age of 11 got to have a go on her granny’s iPad.
“That’s when ” she said “The Foofster Design was born ”. Shifty eyes are the hallmark of her designs which were inspired by watching too many episodes of Spongebob Squarepants and the Simpsons (and guess what dog that supercool family have? Um, no brainer. It's a whippet of course! ). Then a friend called Anita showed her what fun could be had on an Apple Mac with Adobe Illustrator. “Those ” she enthuses “were inspiring days ”.
The Carpe Diem lobster is one of my Best Beloved's first drawings. Coincidentally, it is the motto of 'Progressive Greetings' - the show where we had our first trade-stand.
Nowadays The Foofster Design is created on the iPad Pro using the Paper 53 app with the Apple Pencil. I think her Ipad Pro is still her best toy ever - apart from me (of course) . I always try my hardest not to mistake her stylus for one of my chew chews. It’s torture at times.
The Foofster Design first hit the market as a greetings card in 2014, the same year my Best Beloved won an Art Scholarship to Culford Senior School. That was quite a year. She was only 13 then. At the end of it she'd sold almost 2000 cards and had secured a foothold in approximately 15 shops in Suffolk. It was the start of a really exciting journey for all of us. We had to do a lot of knocking on doors though which meant I spent too much time in the car. Even the Gainsborough House Museum in Sudbury took the Foofster Design on board which felt like a very golden hand-shake.
So, what next?
Since my super seventeenie made her debut appearance on the national stage at PG Live 2018 this June (and won a Greats Award) she felt inspired to add some other cool stuff to her collection. So (drum roll please) the 'Foofster Jolly Jotter' featuring our old friend Cycling Hound and Sausage Dog motif has now arrived - please check out our Buy our Stuff page for details .... PLUS we are putting our minds to other super-cute stationery items like boxed note-cards and gift-wrap - so guys, be sure to watch this space!
'The Super Seventeenie chilling with the Foofster at Culford School'
Foofster Designs have been on show far and wide at various exhibitions and venues too, and we've hit the press and been on radio! Click on the picture to take a peek!