Heather Doyle is a graphic designer from the quaint beach town of St. Augustine, Florida, combines some bright colors and a lot of creativity to bring you cheerful and charming artwork for your family. Not only that, but she’s a mom! Take a look at how, somewhere between snacktime, lunchtime and bedtime, this artist finds a-little-of-her-own-time to create!
BBP: If you had to describe your designs in 5 words or less, what would you say?
SugarAndBean: Nerdy’s in love with quirky.
BBP: What would you tell a kid who said they wanted to be an artist?
SugarAndBean: Everything you see, hear, or feel can become an inspiration. From the sprinkles on your ice cream sundae to that annoying new song you just cannot get out of your head…it can all lead to something creative. Keep your senses open and don’t be afraid to try something new!
BBP: If you use a name for your studio/shop other than your name, what is it and how did it come about?
SugarAndBean: Sugar & Bean Print Co. transpired because my husband calls me, “Sugar Booger,” (yes, ew) and he calls our daughter, “Bean.” I dropped the booger for the sake of everyone’s gag reflexes and, BOOM, Sugar & Bean. I chose, “Print Co.,” because I mostly design art prints but I also like to dip into relief printing, greeting cards, stencils, t-shirts…really, any kind of printing is fascinating to me.
BBP: What do you find inspires you most?
SugarAndBean: Like I said, absolutely everything is capable of providing inspiration, but when I am the most inspired is when I’m almost about to fall asleep. When I just cannot stop thinking about the most random things. I keep a journal around at all times to write down whatever I am thinking. Who knows what it can turn in to.
BBP: What do like most about collaborating with BoomBoom Prints? What are your thoughts on the idea of customizable artwork?
SugarAndBean: I’m a sucker for anyone that puts their focus on kids as well as putting independent artists out there. I have a full-time job that I absolutely love but I need my own outlet to create what I want as well as what I think people will love. I love it. You love it. Everyone is happy. And as for customizable artwork…totally for it. I think for someone to be able to add their own personal touch to something will make it that much more special.
BBP: Is your workspace a specific nook designed to spark your creativity? Do you find yourself designing in all sorts of locations? Where does the magic happen?
SugarAndBean: Well, if you must know, all of the magic happens at my super professional studio called, “My Kitchen Table.” I’m never surprised if a stray piece of spaghetti shows up on some of my prints and I am constantly working to the sweet sound of little people asking me to make them a snack but, hey, it (usually) works out!
BBP: When did you decide you first become interested in art? Did you know right away that you wanted to be an artist professionally?
SugarAndBean: Everyone says, “When I first could pick up a pencil…” Not true. I did have artistic tendencies when I was younger but I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life until I started drawing on the computer in community college. When I was younger, I wanted to be an athlete. It wasn’t until high school that I started wanting to be an architect. Then a photographer. Then an art teacher. Then I figured out what this whole graphic design nonsense is about and I really couldn’t tell you anything else I would be happier doing.
BBP: Do you have kids?
SugarAndBean: I have two step-children and a daughter. Ages 11 (boy), 7 (girl), and 3 (girl). They make me feel old but they keep me on my toes.
BBP: What do you like most about being a parent?
SugarAndBean: Teaching them the things that I remember my parents teaching me. I am very sentimental and still think about those times when I was little. I want them to have that.
BBP: What was the most surprising or most difficult change when you became a parent?
SugarAndBean: I really like to sleep. So that was hard. And how many times is too many times to be asked to read a bedtime story? I don’t think there is a limit.
BBP: Describe a funny moment you’ve had as a parent?
SugarAndBean: Kids really do say the darndest things. I am constantly laughing at the things that come out of their mouths. Everyday has its own little funny moment. One night, my daughter was taking a bath and she started howling like a wolf. She did it for a solid 4 minutes while I just sat there and stared at her. She could tell I felt uncomfortable because she stopped and continued playing with her mermaids. Not another word was said about it.
BBP: What would you say is the coolest thing about being a professional artist?
SugarAndBean: Seeing my artwork in an actual store. People like what I do enough to buy it and put it in their homes and admire it. Seriously, how cool is that?
BBP: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
SugarAndBean: This may surprise you, but it’s vanilla. My daughter’s favorite is also vanilla. It’s weird.
BBP: What are some other fun facts about you?
SugarAndBean: I can still do a cartwheel, I can eat an unfathomable amount of food and still be hungry, and I have 2 different colored eyes. I’m just living the dream.