Tarquin and Troops Review
We’re getting to the stage where the Chops really needs to be moving from the nursery into a bedroom to call his own. The nursery is a little small for his needs now. He automatically goes for the bigger space in the spare room to play if we’re up there.
While procrastinating over whether or not to start what feels like a mammoth task, I was offered the chance to review some gorgeous downloadable posters from Esty shop Tarquin and Troops. The posters take the same animals we see everywhere and turn them on their heads.
Shop owner Tarquin has transported aspects of the human world onto animals with delightful results.
Image courtesy of Tarquin and Troops
Being honest I found it tricky to pick my favourites. The range of images is great. From weightlifting turkeys to astronaut bison, there’s something for every age and taste. I chose Bernard the Bengal Tiger a tiger dressed as a bus conductor, Benjamin Bear policeman, Horatio Hippo the traffic warden and two images from the younger children nursery range. The nursery characters (tiger and cheetah) appear as if they are peeping through the window, it’s too cute.
I love how each of the animals has a recognisable occupation, as it adds an educational dimension to the pictures.
The prints themselves arrived and I could not wait to see the Chops face as I opened the envelope. He was instantly enthralled with Horatio Hippo traffic warden and wandered off talking to him!
The first thing I noticed about the prints is how crisp and clean the images are.
I sometimes think that animals with human qualities look somewhat creepy. However, the Tarquin and Troops prints are charming and the animals look friendly. I can easily imagine a whole range of them on any wall.
The colours on the prints are beautiful. I was impressed that the yellow/green colour of Horatio Hippo’s jacket looks reflective on the paper. As a painter, I know how difficult creating that sort of illusion can be.
Most of the images are on a neutral white background making them really stand out. It also means that they will go in the Chops bedroom regardless of the colours we decide on in the end. As he grows up, he will understand a little bit more about each picture.
Where can I get them?
The shop can be found here on Etsy. Each is available as a digital download meaning you can choose whatever frame you like for the prints (my house seems full of Ikea box frames!)
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