Phoebe Schweizer West's Profile

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running snail & rainbow was the title Phoebe gave her first drawing. Long lost under piles of subsequent scrawlings and illustrations, the name serves as a wonderful reminder of the vivid, ironic imagination and contagious self-assuredness that all children share.

Phoebe was officially trained in the fields of art, theatre, and design by Hollins University, Bucknell University, and a graphic design firm in Zurich. She was unofficially trained by the Swiss cow pastures of her youth, a saucy Caribbean chef-neighbor, the dank basement where she drafted archeological finds, her first job in a photo lab, and her latest job at one delicious cheese shop. She thinks that there's something to learn from everywhere, everything, and everybody, and values her imagination as one of her greatest assets. Her extensive time living in England, France, and Switzerland inspires and imbues her…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 1
  • Joined January 19, 2011

Favorite materials

paper, wood, pencil, eraser, sharpie, woodcutting tools, tea, photoshop, illustrator, colored pencil

About

running snail & rainbow was the title Phoebe gave her first drawing. Long lost under piles of subsequent scrawlings and illustrations, the name serves as a wonderful reminder of the vivid, ironic imagination and contagious self-assuredness that all children share.

Phoebe was officially trained in the fields of art, theatre, and design by Hollins University, Bucknell University, and a graphic design firm in Zurich. She was unofficially trained by the Swiss cow pastures of her youth, a saucy Caribbean chef-neighbor, the dank basement where she drafted archeological finds, her first job in a photo lab, and her latest job at one delicious cheese shop. She thinks that there's something to learn from everywhere, everything, and everybody, and values her imagination as one of her greatest assets. Her extensive time living in England, France, and Switzerland inspires and imbues her creations with a whimsical European sensibility.

Even though everything in running snail & rainbow's shop is inspired by children and created especially for them, Phoebe hopes that, like great childrens' literature, these posters and prints will be enjoyed by anyone with a curious mind: young, medium, and old alike.

When she's not dreaming up the next running snail & rainbow project, she can be found working on freelance design projects, cooking (and eating), and playing with her daughter.

Read more about the adventures of running snail & rainbow at runningsnailandrainbow [dot] blogspot [dot] com.

Phoebe lives in lovely Staunton, Virginia with her husband and daughter and is hugely humbled to be a part of the amazing Etsy community.

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