Meet the Designer - Shawn Jenkins

Tell us a little bit about yourself? 

I have a wife, Kerri, and two small children, Isaac and Emily. I play guitar and write songs when I'm not painting and drawing or designing.

When did you first realise that you had a passion for design? 

At a very early age. I remember being five years old and drawing pictures and making things for my mom. I spent many hours especially in the summer, drawing all kinds of things. In school, I took as many art classes as I could. I always loved drawing things like apples and things I could find around the house and in the back yard.


Which other designers do you look up to? 

Many of my friends are designers, and I have learned a lot from them. Mostly my friends, I guess.


What advice would you give to the future generation of designers? 

Keep creating and follow your dream. Make designing part of everything you do and be creative, whether it’s through music, or dance, or writing, or designing. Do what your heart tells you and don't be afraid to express yourself. I know it may sound corny, but it’s important to follow your heart.


Where do you get your inspiration for your designs?

I tend to get inspiration from things I see around me or the people I know. I try to put a little of everything into my work; people I've met, fond memories I have, music that I like. It’s all part of what I do.


Do you like to craft? 

I do. I like making things. I always have. When I was a kid, me and my brothers would make our own toys, games, and things to play with. My parents did not have much money, so we learned to make our own stuff out of whatever we could scrounge around the house or outside. I approach crafting the same way. I combine lots of different things I like and have around the house. It’s amazing what you can create with some glue, cardboard, and an imagination. It comes down to detail and patience. Same goes for my painting and designing. I like to put a lot of tiny little details into everything.

What is your favourite Trimcraft collection so far? 

I am excited to have my own art be a Trimcraft collection. I think that's neat. I really appreciate that people can enjoy my art in that way.

What trends can we expect to see from you in the future?
I tend to create art that is very traditional, and even reminiscent of simpler times. There's a nostalgic element in my work. Like stockings hanging from a fireplace or a snowman with a rustic scarf. Those are the things I tend to portray, and plan to keep doing that sort of thing well into the future. 

Do you have any hobbies? 

I play guitar and write my own songs when I'm not painting or designing. I also write stories and poems. Like I said before, growing up, we didn't have much so we learned to create things; games, toys, stories, art, comics, and all sorts of things.

If we gave you a million pounds how would you spend it? 

That's a tough question! I can think of a million things I'd buy. I do know that I'd buy some more art supplies; you can never have too much.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to us Shawn, if you would like to know more about Shawn you can follow him on both Jenkins Studio Art & Twitter



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