Jennie joined the team as a Creative Designer in April this year and settled right in from day one. Find out more about her background, why she came to work with us at Kingdom & Sparrow, and how she’s fully embracing Cornish life by the sea.
So tell us about your life in the world of design before K&S.
After doing 3 design-related A Levels at college I knew this was the direction I wanted to go in and went on to study 3D Design at Falmouth University. I’ve always been interested in packaging so after graduating I applied for internships at the top packaging design agencies in London. Bloom took me on! Initially it was a 2 week placement, then it was extended for 2 months…then they employed me as a Designer and I stayed for 4 years, mainly working with FMCG brands like Walkers and Robinsons. It was during those years that I realised my love for illustration and decided I’d like to take that further.
Is that what brought you to Kingdom & Sparrow?
Everything that K&S does is amazing and involves lots of illustration – and yes, I have always admired their work and wanted to be a part of it. For this next stage in my career I wanted to do something that had more scope for creativity and I no longer wanted to be in London. I knew I loved Falmouth from my time at uni so Kingdom & Sparrow was my number one choice. Even during the interview process I got to be super creative – they gave me a brief to design a beer can label!
How does life in Cornwall vs. life in London compare?
They really are opposites but I love both places. The buzz and culture in London is hard to beat but I felt like I was always moving a hundred miles an hour. In Falmouth everything is much more chilled out. You always bump into people you know and don’t have to plan ahead so much. And it’s close to the beach, of course! When I was in London I used to drive my van down to camp in Cornwall or Devon at weekends; now I step out of the office and it’s all right here.
If you had to choose, what would be your top three highlights at K&S so far?
The best thing has been meeting the team. They were so welcoming straight away and it quickly felt like home here. A few weeks ago I was even Sporty Spice at our Project Manager Hannah’s (Ginger Spice) 90’s legends birthday party.
I’ve already been involved with lots of exciting projects but my highlight so far was the very first concept I worked on, which was for a children’s dairy-free brand. The combination of freedom of creativity and their collaborative approach made me realise that K&S was everything I wanted it to be.
Thirdly, walking along the waterfront to get to work has been a highlight every day! I don’t think that will ever get old.
As well as illustrating and designing, what else do you get up to?
I’ve got a Honda CL 250 so I like to go on motorbike road trips around Cornwall, especially as the sun’s been shining so much recently. I spend lots of time outside camping in my van, sea swimming, having BBQs and just embracing Cornish life as much as I can.
Any advice for young designers looking to break into the industry?
Be persistent, believe in your ability and don’t get shunned by people’s opinions.
Great advice, Jennie! *High fives*.