And today we debut our latest background - this month, the mad skillz behind it is the supremely lovely German born, Dutch raised and London roaming Sina Becker.
How and when did you know you were going to be an illustrator?
I was about 3 or 4 when my older brother showed me how to draw hands (a circle with sticks pointing out in all directions). That was a life changing moment. Everything fell into place after that.
What have been are your biggest influences?
The Horniman Museum in South London - the way they've catalogued dead animals in spider diagrams on those pastel backgrounds is bizarre...yet surprisingly stylish. All I can say is that taxidermy has never looked sexier. Also old reference books on anything from flower arranging to learning how to wind surf, amazing. Then old cartoons from my childhood such as the Jetsons, Ghostbusters - and actually films from the 80's and 90's. They're just good old clean fun.
Who would love to work for or collaborate with?
My creative heaven would consist of Carson McCullers, Miranda July, Wes Anderson, Frida Kahlo and Marian Leatherby (who is a character in Leonora Carrington's 'The Hearing Trumpet'. I know she is not real but some of the things that little old lady gets up to are just fantastic). I'm not sure if they would all get along, but it's my fantasy.
What did you dream about last night?
It was a bit of an epic dream. The thing I remember most vividly is moving into my new house which just happened to be the home of the man who had invented the umbrella. Even in my dream I found that incredibly cool.
I like the scissor and blue tack. You see, it's not as permanent as glue - but still keeps everything together. It's perfect for the indecisive collager.