Let's start a blog..

Every now and then throughout 2018 I kept having ideas of starting a blog.

I don’t really know why. I’m not that good at writing and haven’t worked out if I even enjoy it. But maybe its worth listening to those thoughts and giving it a try.. it *could* be fun after all.

So, what will I write about? Honestly, I haven’t thought that far ahead yet. It will definitely have a focus on illustration, maybe some behind the scenes that I wouldn’t usually share on my other social media. A lot of what I do is centred around Edinburgh - particularly the architecture and beauty of the city - which will also feature on the blog. I’m an advocate for supporting small creative businesses and a bit of a stationery addict too, so expect to see posts about my favourite indie shops, stationery items and lets be honest, probably lots of photos of pretty notebooks & pens.

An example of stationery posts to come..

An example of stationery posts to come..

I guess we should start with a bit of an introduction to myself (a less formal one to my website ‘about’ page at least).

My name is Victoria and I’m 24 years old. I am the creative human behind Victoria Rose Ball, my small illustration business. VRB began during my time at university (Edinburgh College of Art, BA(Hons) Illustration) when I would develop my coursework into things I could sell. Fast forward a few years and its really started to grow, with every year being far more successful than the last. My business is my baby and it’s something I am extremely proud of.

Alongside VRB, I also work 4/5 days a week at the University of Edinburgh as part of their Communications & Marketing team. I have the best bunch of colleagues and genuinely look forward to going to work every day. 

Edinburgh Old Town from Princes Street

Edinburgh Old Town from Princes Street

Edinburgh skyline from Arthurs' Seat

Edinburgh skyline from Arthurs' Seat

I grew up in a village in South Leicestershire and never dreamed of moving away from home (at least not anywhere 300+ miles away!) However in 2013 when I came to visit Edinburgh for the first time, I remember stepping out onto Princes Street from the station looking up to the Old Town and thinking “this is home now”. I moved here a few months later to start at Edinburgh College of Art and haven’t looked back since. Edinburgh is the most amazing place to live and that feeling of excitement & love for the city is something I try to recreate within my own illustrations.

I feel like i’ve blabbed on a bit too much now, so I’m ending this post with some dumb photos of myself for you to have a laugh at..

Victoria x