Tell us a bit about your work and how it all started
Initially, I started as a photographer and I studied Fine Art at uni. I felt a bit lost as an “artist” so I decided to do a graphic design course and I fell in love with it. Since then I’m working with small businesses and independent brands and help them to communicate with their audience through designs and visuals. I also get involved in not-for-profit initiatives and projects. I think as creatives we should use our skills to make a wider audience aware of issues important to us and the world. I’m particularly interested in sustainability and fighting against climate change. Nature is also my favourite source of inspiration for my designs and artworks, so protecting it makes sense to me. I always find interesting colour combinations on the trees that are blooming or even flowers growing in my garden.
Tell us about Milly and how she came into your life.
I always knew I will adopt a dog one day but when you live in London there is always an excuse not to do it. The flat is too small, the office is not dog-friendly etc. Initially, I was looking into adopting a whippet. It was very difficult to find one, but I knew I don't want to buy a puppy #adoptdontshop. One of my good friends told me about Greyhounds and how many of them need a home here in the UK. I couldn't believe how similar looking they are to whippets (just slightly bigger). I went to RGOA (adoption center for retired greyhounds in Essex) I walked a couple of dogs and I just knew Milly will be the one. A few weeks later I saw an advert in a newspaper that four dogs urgently needed to find a new home. One of them was Milly. I panicked, called RGOA and ask to reserve her. I didn't have a plan for how I'm going to combine my work and personal life with a dog at that moment, but I knew it will work out. A few weeks later I brought Milly home, it was the best decision.
How does having a dog fit into your general working day?
Milly is just perfect, never barks she and is not very needy either. I take her with me to the studio and sometimes my colleagues don't realise she is in until we go for a walk at lunch. When I work from home she just lies down behind my chair, she is like my shadow. She doesn't mind me constantly changing our routine and is happy to follow me, whether I go for a coffee with a friend or a meeting with a client. I think greyhounds personality fit a busy lifestyle, as long as there is a soft surface they'll be happy to have a nap anywhere.
When you're not working where do you like to head out to with the dog?
I love being outside in nature as much as Milly does. We love going for little adventures to the forest or the seaside. On a normal weekend, we usually head to Hackney Marshes, Wanstead Flats or for a Sunday walk in Victoria park where I can buy Milly's favourite and stinkiest treats at the bottom of the market.
What essentials do you always have on you when heading out for a dog walk, and what do you carry them in?
I never leave the house without Kintails long lead. I like to have my hands free so I just love the fact I can put the lead around my body. I also carry a portable dog bowl (the one that goes flat and you can easily fit it in the small bag), and obviously your compostable poo bags. Now, in the autumn I need to remember to carry Milly's raincoat or fleece when it's cold. She will refuse to leave outside if it's raining and she doesn't have it on. I'm not a fan of bigger bags, so it's important everything folds and takes as little space as possible.
What adventures do you have planned with Milly for later this year?
I'm not sure if we will be able to go much further then Epping forest or Camber Sands this year. However, next year I am planning to do a small road trip by car all the way to Poland. I'm sure she will love the Baltic seaside and Kashubian forests in the north.