Coffee & Art: The Groovy Universe of The Peach Fuzz
by James Reina·
The Peach Fuzz (@_thepeachfuzz) is an illustrator & self-proclaimed "crafty little bitch!" We sat down to learn about her creative universe.
Introduce yourself! Who are you, what floats your boat?
I am a loudmouth illustrator who thrives off utilizing clever concepts and fun imagery to express what can often be some really hard topics. I like to say that I take social justice seriously, not myself, and I think my work reflects that.
What inspires you, what drives your creativity?
I LOVE getting to explain something in a new way that can help it finally click for someone for whom other mediums may not have been effective. I genuinely believe that the vast majority of people are good, caring, logical humans - they may just not have encountered the media that incites their “ah-ha” moment yet where they realize these “radical” ideals are really just…basic human decency. Sometimes the front door is jammed, but there is almost always a side door you can slip in if you can get them to say “oh that’s really clever” or “that drawing is cute” about something with a deeper meaning.
Why do you love what you do?
The feeling you get when someone else gets excited and connects with something you have created will absolutely never get old. It is validating, of course, but it is also so special to be able to give people the tools to express certain facets of themselves, sometimes for the first time. And the days spent doing arts and crafts as part of my “job” are absolutely never lost on me.
Do you have any advice for aspiring creatives?
Be your own biggest fan and advocate, embrace ebbs and flows in your work, ask questions, and don’t let yourself become a slave to the ‘gram. Your own excitement about your work is contagious - don’t let that enthusiasm burn out by focusing too much on feeding the IG algorithm or expecting yourself to pump out new work at a wildly unsustainable rate. And never be afraid to ask for what you want or for advice - literally no one knows what they are doing, and the ones who do have spent enough time figuring it out that they are often THRILLED to be able to pass that know-how to as many as possible.
What's next for you?
In the coming months, I will be attending my first two music festivals as a vendor (come say “hi” at Firefly and Outsidelands!) As probably the only tax accountant turned full time artist, I would love to eventually put together a guide for my fellow creatives on all that I’ve learned on the business and bookkeeping side of growing and maintaining a brand.
Where can we find more of your work?
Everything Peach Fuzz is accessible via www.thepeachfuzz.co!