Name:

Arty Boos

Location:

Surrey, England

About:

Naomi is an Art teacher by trade and mum to two little ones and is originally from Australia. She came to the UK to travel Europe but ended up marrying an Englishman and never made it back! Naomi has always enjoyed art in all capacities from a young age and now spends a lot of time doing art and craft with her own children. Naomi has a strong interest in art history and theory and her favourite art movements are Modernism and Post-Modernism. She loves all the bright colours of Van Gogh, Miro, Kandinsky, Warhol, Klee and Gauguin to name a few. A few years ago, Naomi started playing around with making her own crayons for the children in fun shapes. This was a good way of being able to incorporate different learning styles into play at home and using art making to explore themes and concepts further often using the crayons as prompts. Naomi was melting down old crayons at first and then started to research about what actually goes into the big brand crayons. The biggest surprise was to learn that these crayons are predominantly made from paraffin wax which is a by-product of petroleum, a non-renewable energy source. Naomi then started to research the benefits of other waxes and what their impact on the environment would be and if they were renewable or not and set about making more eco-friendly crayons. She then tried a few at home - soy, carnauba and beeswax. After a lot of trial-and-error Naomi found that straight soy wax gave a soft creamy outcome and was incredibly easy for little hands to make marks with. The soy wax she uses comes from Europe which helps to reduce its carbon footprint, is a plant wax and so is renewable. It is also 100% non-GMO and 100% soy wax and not mixed with anything else. Naomi also trialled some different pigments and found a company in France that makes eco-friendly pigments. Once she was happy with the wax to pigment ratio and the way they performed on paper Naomi started making some boxes for friends and had a lovely response. The crayons have now been lab tested to meet the relevant safety requirements and taking inspiration from her two little artists Arty Boos was born! The crayons are completely handmade and all mixed by hand. Naomi has taken a break from teaching to look after her little ones and decided to go live with these fab crayons in January 2021 and has received a wonderful response so far!