Charrish Ferguson isdendoo, a graphic designer/illustrator living in the Caribbean. Dendoo is her creative side, a reflection of her fun, girly and bubbly personality which started as a form of expression of herself. Dendoo comes alive in the form of illustration and her work can be seen in t-shirts, greeting cards, and prints ( check out redbubble.com). Her work has been included in pdf magazines, magazine covers, art exhibitions, and has won an award. Her current challenge is to continue doing what she loves and to continue to bring more people into her world. I want to remind our audience that I carefully pick everyone we profile on ninu nina, and finding dendoo was a real treat for me.
Challenges of what you do? I have unique challenges. If you live in a big city you are blessed in my eyes. It's very tough to find out about events and the like from where I live. Yes, there's Internet but it would be nice to go visit art shows, it would be nice to be able to meet up with other artists, it would be nice to have cheaper shipping, to have places of real inspiration around you, places that speak to you. I get some inspiration from the beach but the beach doesn't really apply to my style, shipping from here costs three arms, a leg and half a nose, and it's really hard to connect with the illustration / design world. The world we know, the fun funky world. The few designers that are here are mostly men in their late 30's, early 40's who design brochures for people to come to the beach....they're not really drawing women with lines for hair. I feel disconnected and it gets really discouraging but hey, I'm doing this interview right? So I must be hanging in there.
Favorite artists? I don't really have a favourite but I do admire Audrey Kawasaki. I would have to say she has her stuff together, or so it seems. Her artwork is phenom, it's unique, she was smart and put herself in a style that is very recognizable. Plus I imagine she would be very nice and easy to talk to. Also I love how her girls seem really feminine.
Favorite websites? My website because it's mine and it has my girlies!
Plans for 2009? Hmmmm....like I mentioned before, I am really focusing on getting dendoo out there this year. I see other artists with similar styles in magazines, in all the places I think dendoo can be and I am really focused on getting off my bum and making sure I can get there too. See, it all goes back to how I feel other artists are inspirations. I see everyone doing things and I know I can do those things too. This year is all about putting effort in, making connections, being bold. I know I might not get in every magazine in 2009, but this is the year of making an effort. The big push. Also, this year I want to be happy and make new friends.