Next in the Our Daughters series is illustrator and ball of sunshine Nico. A freelance illustrator at Nico Williams Illustration and blogger at The Pea & the Spoon she is currently living the nomad life, spreading both her beautiful drawings and her endless energy around the world. Nico kindly contributed the Tropical Earth design featured on some of our Crowdfunder rewards. I am endlessly proud to have her in my girl gang and so excited to follow the next stage of her adventure.
Who or what is The Pea & The Spoon?
The Pea and the Spoon started as a means of me expressing myself creatively whilst working in London. Although I worked in design I felt I wasn’t expressing myself in my work. I wanted a space to create and do something for myself. As well as featuring my drawings I also included Paleo recipes and loved the styling side when creating content for the blog.
How did you come in to illustration? What was your creative journey?
Drawing has always been a huge part of my life. An all round creative I have sometimes let it take a back seat to painting or sewing but after leaving my job in London to travel I re-discovered my passion for putting pen to paper. If I’m not drawing regularly I really notice a difference in my mood. It’s almost meditative for me. Through use of Instagram I have been super lucky the past year to have funded some of my travels in exchange for artwork. A favourite project I was working on was a mural and various drawings for Dots Bay House and Surf Cafe in Sri Lanka. The best part about projects like this is the freedom to create a piece with no boundaries.
What inspires and influences your work?
I am really inspired by people and nature. I love nothing more than to draw faces or botanicals. Often I combine the two! I used to draw a lot in pencil but recently have been focusing on using pens and adding splashes of watercolour in a more abstract style. Currently I am based in Hossegor in the South of France which has an abundance of inspirational surroundings. Drawing on the beach and listening to the waves crashing, it's not a bad life!
You decided to go freelance giving you more flexibility to move around. What has been your favourite place so far and where will you go next?
I really loved Sri Lanka, the people and the general vibe was magical. I loved the rawness of it. A little less traveled by backpackers it was a constant adventure. Next on the list is Mexico, I think I am going to really like it here. I love Mexican food and the vibrancy of the culture.
The Pea and The Spoon also showcases your Paleo recipes. Why did you turn towards a paleo diet and how do you maintain that whilst moving around so much?
I decided to turn Paleo after my sister had tried it. I liked the idea that you knew exactly what you were putting in your body and not having added sugars, preservatives etc. After one month I felt a huge difference , bounding with energy and my general wellbeing was vastly improved. I have struggled to fully maintain it whilst travelling but back in France it’s a lot easier. As well as that I wouldn’t want to miss out on trying anything and immersing myself in another culture whilst away.
Find Nico's work at www.nicowilliams.co.uk and her delicious recipes at www.thepeaandthespoon.com