Here are some key facts about the artist, my owner, AKA my ‘Best Beloved'’
Name: Ophelia Yannaghas
Age: sweet 18
Home Town: Hadleigh, Suffolk.
Education: Monks Eleigh Primary School & Culford School, near Bury st Edmunds (present)
Favourite Things: Me (The Foofster), Culford School & friends (which she'll be sad to say goodbye to at the end of next term), France, Greece, travel, guitar & ukulele, Apple Pencil & iPad Pro.
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?
Our young designer is currently working hard to get some tip top A'level grades but will be back to the drawing board very soon and is looking forward to working on some more 'Scenes from Suffolk' and expanding her ever popular Pedigree Collection, whilst tackling all the personal commissions which come her way.
Oh yes, and besides giving me lots of TLC, she hopes to expand her Jolly Jotter range in the very near future as requests for more doggie designs keep rolling in!
Thanks for listening,
The Foofster xxx
'The Super Seventeenie chilling with me (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!