FOUR AND THREE AND TWO AND ONE-ONE. Ok, so if you watch the ah-mazing show "Broad City”, you get this reference. But for those of you who don’t (WHY!?), let us brief you in. At the beginning of each episode, there is an animated intro. It’s honestly one of our favorite parts of the show. The intro is always psychedelic, super colorful and very fun. So, you could understand that when we first came across Shelby Holmes’ creations we were instantly reminded of one of our favorite TV shows. And then immediately obsessed with Shelby’s work!
As you will read below, Shelby is a gal who grabs the bull by the horns. No seriously, she is a grade-A bad-ass. Why you ask? Well first of all, Shelby is a self-taught graphic artist & business owner (which she started at only 18, mind you!) of her company, Shelby Works. We love her art so much because Shelby is able to bring our wildest fantasies to life. Like a land full of bubblegum! Remember that storybook you loved as a kid and you wish you could just jump right in and be a part of it? We have the exact same feeling when we see Shelby’s colorful creations. Her graphic designs are that POP of color everyone could use in their life - it’s are a rollercoaster of rainbows are we are ready for the ride!
Shelby, thanks so much for being a part of the Girl Disco family! Your colorful creations are so inspiring and we can’t wait to see what you dream up next! <333
On to the feature!
What is your craft?
Hi, I’m Shelby Holmes the creator of Shelby Works and I’m based in Long Beach, Ca. I’m a self- taught graphic artist and business owner who sells vibrant graphic tees and more. I started this company at just 18, printing my doodles by hand with transfer paper you’d find at Michaels. Two years later and I have an online shop with over 150 original designs to choose from.
I focus on creating fantastical works that put a smile on people’s faces. These can be psychedelic worlds full of organic shapes that form their own story, or abstract characters you wouldn’t normally think of. Most of the time when I sit down to draw, I don’t have a plan before I start, this makes it exciting for me because I never really know what I’m going to draw next. I let my hand and my mind go wild, and I’ll end up either with a simple design or a chaotic one that doesn’t make much sense, but honestly those are the best kinds. When I’m happy with the design, I scan it into my computer and my favorite part begins. Coloring!!
What inspires you?
I’m always inspired by the world around me like nature, people, objects, music but also fashion. One of my favorite things to do is go thrift shopping but more specifically on the hunt for vintage treasures. I love finding the ones with odd and colorful patterns from the 60s and 70s. I feel that this is reflected in my work because I love combining crazy colors and shapes in my designs, as well as making some retro inspired, like the dresses I’ve collected. I also listen to a lot of music, anything from the Beatles, 80s bops to Surf Rock new and old, which helps me get in the groove of creating something cool.
What gives you a boost of confidence?
I feel most confident when I’m dressing in my vintage pieces that are so colorful and unique. There’s nothing cooler than dressing like a cartoon giant. Also, to help boost my confidence, an outing alone or with friends gets me thinking about what I want to create next or do in my life. I think it’s important to relax some days and reflect on yourself.
Who is your favorite 70s female icon and why?
My favorite 70s female icon would have to be Grace Slick. She’s a fantastic singer, and her music is so dreamy that it just takes me away to a different world. When she was a member in Jefferson Airplane her hit song “White Rabbit” really spoke to me. It is a psychedelic twist on the story of Alice in Wonderland, which I can appreciate.
“Molly and Dora Go Surfing”
What does Girl Disco mean to you?
When I discovered Girl Disco’s account on Instagram it made me so happy because I found so many other groovy artists on there like myself. I think it is such a cool and positive space that inspires me and I’m sure a lot more people who would agree. Keep doing you, Girl Disco!
“A Dog’s Day Dream”
Thank you for being a part of HighlightHER, Shelby!