GRUMP Profile – Stronge Designs

Andrew Stronge of Stronge Designs is a commercial artist and graphic illustrator whose work is translated into a variety of mediums including digital prints, screenprinted tees, posters, vinyl stickers, and more. Whether creating commissioned illustrations or putting his own spin onto existing characters from print and screen, Andrew Stronge’s designs are innovative, smart, and witty. We asked him a few questions about his work and process!

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Describe your ideal day of making. What do you have for breakfast? What jams do you listen to? Do you wear fuzzy slippers? Get specific!
A cool fall day when the leaves are falling and maybe even a little rain. I like sweater weather and an excuse to be inside behind my desk. I would have a nice brunch with eggs and bacon because I would have slept in and I would inner change between listening music (Smashing Pumpkins, Math the Band, Tokyo Police Club, Atom & His Package, Postal Service, etc) and reruns of my favorite shows (Bob’s Burgers, Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Rugrats, Doug, Etc.). My slippers are giant robot feet that make sounds and make my dogs crazy.

Who is your maker-inspiration? What did this person say or do to inspire you to create?
My inspiration came from a 2nd grade book contest. I won a prize for my silly drawings and I go hooked. I was still new to this country (I’m from England) at the time and I think the attention resonated with me and became ingrained.

What is your favorite market/craft show story?
Oh, there are too many great experiences to really narrow it down to just one. The best part about doing any show is making new friends and growing my artist friend family.

Are you working on any special merchandise for/inspired by GRUMP? Tell us about it!
I don’t have anything planned out yet, but I would love to screen print a limited edition poster of a yeti for the show.

If you could have lunch with three artists/makers, alive or dead, who would they be and why?
Three options is not enough to pick from, there are way to many amazing artist out there I would love to have lunch with. I would have to say Craig Thompson, Nathan Fox, & Kevin Tong are the first names that come to mind. I would want to meet each of them for different reasons, but in whole I would want to ask each of them about their process and success.

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WORD ASSOCIATION!
YARN – BALL
SNOW – STORM
APPLE PIE – TREE TRUNKS
NORTHERN VIRGINIA – NOVA
YETI – SASQUATCH
IGLOO – OOGLI
GNOME – DAVID
NARWHAL – SEA UNICORN
WINTER – IS COMING
HANDMADE – CRAFTS

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