“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”
I know, right? But it’s a cliche for a reason.
This is the first blog post I have written in some years; certainly the first on this, my new little corner of the internet. I feel like a full and proper introduction is in order!
My name is Rachel de Ste Croix. I studied Illustration at the University of Westminster, and worked as a freelance illustrator/designer (under the Precious Little name) for a few years after graduation. I did some ‘live’ illustration with Sketchbook Magazine, book cover illustrations and layout design for Mogzilla, was featured in Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration and subsequently got a flattering number of mentions on various blogs, including StyleBubble, DigitalArts and Vogue’s Green Style Blog (actually, Vogue featured my illustration but didn’t credit it to me! Thanks, Vogue!) I also did a handful of exhibitions, and sold bits and bobs on Portobello Road. I did this and worked part-time. I worked hard and supported myself.
And then I stopped. I stopped updating my blog. I stopped trying to endlessly sell who I was, what I was creating, all but alone in my London flat. I sold my things. I enrolled on a TEFL course. I moved to Cambodia. I taught English, Art, and loved it. I did something for the “first time” almost every day – taking a motodop to work, speaking Khmer, being hopelessly out of my depth. But I never stopped creating – and I kept on freelancing. I’m proud of some of the work I did out there, and will most certainly share some of it another day.
I moved back to London 9 months ago. I lived with my mum for awhile and moved into a new west London flat with my boyfriend 3 weeks ago. I have a ‘proper’ job as a Teaching Assistant. Now I feel like it’s time to re-connect with what I used to do. I will never not draw, paint and make things. It’s part of who I am. I’m older and more confident. I want to share what I do, and see what other people have to share, too.
So, those who are still reading – please share! What’s your deal? Where can I see your work? I’m ready to rock ‘n’roll!