The Artist of the Month for October is the designing duo behind Tom Pigeon. From geometric vibrant prints to eye-catching jewellery in contrasting materials, this is a brand that understand contemporary design.
For the whole of October we will be featuring the multi-talented designing duo behind contemporary, vibrant brand Tom Pigeon. Pete and Kirsty were kind enough to take the time to answer some questions about what goes into making Tom Pigeon and also sent over some sneak peeks at their process and studio. Here at SEED we stock a range of their fabulous jewellery and notebooks and were excited to learn more about one of our favourite makers.
-Can you tell me a bit more about yourself and why you began designing?
Tom Pigeon is a design studio founded by husband and wife, Pete and Kirsty Thomas. We met and started working as designers in the early 1990’s and since then have worked across design disciplines, for small companies and big business, designing all kinds of stuff for lots of different people. As Tom Pigeon we design simple things for people to enjoy including prints, jewellery and stationery as well as taking on creative commissions and consultancy work.
-How would you describe your jewellery?
Simple, wearable, crafted, affordable.
-When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kirsty: Sports Scientist!
-Who or what inspires you the most?
Our surroundings in the East Neuk of Fife, a beautiful rural area on the East coast of Scotland – tiny working harbours, brilliant sunsets, bigs skies, sailing boats, ice cream, travelling fairs.
We also love Mid-Century design and the playful ethos of designers like Charles and Ray Eames, Alexander Girard and Bruno Munari.
-If you could be anyone else for a day who would it be?
Kirsty: Ray Eames
Pete: someone who lives in the woods in the Rockies!
-What makes you happy?
Good friends, good food, travel, flea markets, the sun.
-What are your ambitions for the future?
To take Tom Pigeon on the road and travel the world collecting, designing, making and getting inspired.
-What advice do you have for aspiring artists?
Be passionate about your craft and always be nice to people.
– And finally,can you choose your favourite item here at SEED?
We are big fans of Wrap… such a great exploration of modern design and illustration – playful, colourful and fun.
View our range from Tom Pigeon here.