Dawn Machell is the genius children's illustrator and surface pattern designer behind the fantastic prints in the new Play collection. This collection was designed to celebrate the joy and importance of play. You may recognise the signature style of Dawn from previous Baba+Boo prints, once again she has helped us bring to life a collection to make you and your little one smile! We couldn't miss the opportunity to have a quick chat about all things play, pattern and purpose.
What was your favourite toy/ game to play when you were a child?
My sister and I used to play Yahtzee for hours!
What is your superpower?
Juggling 10 jobs at once (and not dropping any of them)
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An art teacher.
What's your all time favourite Baba+Boo print?
What inspires you to do what you do?
Seeing my designs made into fabulous products, it never gets boring.
How would you describe the prints in the new Play collection?
Fun, cute and colourful.
Favourite eco-friendly swap or hack?
Using the back of designs I've had to print out as shopping lists…or the better ones as wrapping paper.
Quick fire round:
Tea or coffee? Neither
Lark or night owl? Night owl
Summer or winter? SUMMER!!!
TV or radio? TV
Mountains or beach? Beach
Book or scrolling? Scrolling
Rain or shine? Shine
Picnic or barbeque? Picnic
Walk or run? Walk
Cat or dog? Dog
Draw or paint? Draw
Text or call? Text
We hope you enjoyed meeting Dawn. You can find out more about her here: