I’m Natasha, operating under the name, Chikaboo Designs. ‘Chikaboo’ was a childhood nickname given to me by my aunt or my dad, we can’t remember. Anyway, I manage creative and technical solutions for people all over the world. I have worked primarily with individuals and small-scale organisations on a wide variety of projects where I take part in all stages of the process and offer my skills and expertise wherever necessary. I currently also work part-time as a Teaching Assistant in the Special Needs department of a college.
I am more interested in the project I am working for, than what I specifically do. As a result, my skills have expanded over the years. So far my services include:
- Graphic design
- Web design
- Marketing advice & implementation
- Technical support
- Training and Workshops
I bring a lot of passion to my work. I am self-motivated, enthusiastic and quick to learn new skills so if you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t be discouraged.
My working relationships have been flexible, friendly and personal. This is the way I think is most enjoyable to work. These relationships have also often taken place entirely over Skype so if you happen to be on the other side of the world, don’t worry!
So if you need support for your business, a project or initiative contact me. I’m always up for new challenges and opportunities.
I’m also a practicing artist
A lot of the work you will find in my portfolio and shop is my own art practice. I am a visual artist, writer and musician. I create for the joy of it and because self-expression keeps me sane and fulfilled. My work has taken me to spaces, people and experiences that have changed my life.
I am interested in communicating my most intimate personal and political experiences through art. I strongly believe that it is through sharing our inner dialogues and conflicts, that we can feel less alone and more fully enjoy the human experience.
My focus has so far been on illustrative work about my experience as a woman, and as a person of colour but I hope to explore more philosophical questions moving forward.
I work in a range of mediums and am driven by concept rather than format. Recently I have been working with animation and am keen to further my practice in spoken word, music and hand-drawn animation. I have developed a project proposal with this in mind.
So please also get in touch if you’re interested in this side of me. Maybe we can collaborate?
Have a look at some of my work…
Out and about
9 January 2020
LDComics Queer Comics Reading , The Cartoon Museum, London
2nd November 2019
The People’s Party Workshop, Deptford X, London
26 October 2019
Ghost Comic Festival, Glasgow, Scotland
CHEER UP LOVE Zine Fair, EartH, London
2-11 August 2019
South London Zine Festival, Deptford Does Art, London
17-18 May 2019
Comics as Activism, Panelist, Queers and Comics Conference, New York
4-6 April 2019
No man is an island, Solo Exhibition, Ladyboss Collective, Edinburgh
2018, Full Colour Comic Anthology, Group Exhibition, The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2018, Diversity in Comics, Panelist, Glasgow Comicon