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A Q&A with Cadi Lane

Posted by Daniel Boobier on

Cardiff based illustrator, designer and maker - Cadi Lane has been part of Calendar's DNA since the very beginning.You will find her artwork on the front of all our packaging and her unusual style continues to make waves in the speciality coffee industry and beyond! For all you super fans out there, we’ve put together a little Q&A to find out the inspiration behind her work, plans for the future and what she has been up to during lockdown. We hope you enjoy it!

Tell us the story behind your business/Art?
I never planned to be an illustrator, I sort of just accidentally got into it. I have a degree in Set and Costume Design and worked as a designer for mainly theatre since graduating in 2014. I’ve always loved character and creating fun scenes and I think this is reflected in the work I make now and the designs I do for Calendar. It’s taken me a while to build up the confidence to make my own work and that’s only just happened over the last few years. I think the trust and opportunity that Calendar and other brands have given me has definitely helped push me creatively and given me the confidence to have faith in myself and my work.

How did you start working with Calendar coffee?
I have known Dan through mutual friends growing up in Cardiff. When Dan and Zarah were starting Calendar they had seen some of the early designs I did for Hard Lines (A Cardiff based coffee shop I also work for) and liked my weird style. I knew I had to up my game and learn how to translate my drawings into digital images so this was a great push in the right direction. And through some help from friends and a lot of playing around and practice I slowly figured things out. I’m still learning and improving (hopefully). It’s a lot of fun and Calendar are an absolute dream to work for.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by my close group of friends who are all extremely talented and driven. I feel lucky to be surrounded by such motivated and creative people. It really helps me push myself to be better and work hard. I’m also very inspired by music and dancing! I always feel creative and energised after a dance!

What is your favorite coffee drink?
Ok so I’m big into Decaf. It feels wrong sometimes to opt for the decaf option when I work for such amazing coffee roasters. But what can I say I love a decaf oaty flat white. I did treat myself to a couple of mugs of Calendars tasty Christmas Coffee over the Christmas break - its nice to have a juicy filter every now and again.

What is a project are you most proud of and why?
I think the project I’m most proud of is my time working with Hard Lines. From helping them build, cart around and serve coffee when they were a pop up brew bar to designing and setting up their first ever shop. And then being a part of the design team for their rebrand, new coffee shop/diner and roastery ventures. My work has evolved so much and I’ve learnt so many new skills through working with them. It’s been a lot of hard work but seeing something grow like Hard Lines has and the community it's formed is really exciting - I met some of my closest friends here too! It’s been a big project! And one that’s still ongoing and hopefully will continue to be a source of work and collaboration for me for a good few years to come!

What are you looking forward to in 2021?
For 2021 I'm looking forward to pushing my own work a bit more and seeing where that goes. The first step is to set up a web shop so it's easier for people to browse and buy my art. I’m also looking forward to hopefully having a chance to properly see my family and hang out with my sister. I’m also always ready for the summer and am stupidly excited to cycle to the studio in just a T-shirt and shorts! I’ve also given myself the challenge of being able to do a proper press up this year… so let's see how that goes.

What would be your desert island disk and why?
My desert island disc would be Bee Gees ’Stayin’ Alive’. I’ve recently rediscovered my love for this song and it always, always makes me feel good. It's fun to sing, great to dance to and just a good old classic.I even stopped writing this to go listen to it cos its that good.

Are there any hobbies you've discovered or rediscovered during lockdown? 
I discovered rug tufting! Well I knew it was a thing but I finally bought myself the equipment to make my own rugs. And I love it! Being locked down really gave me the time to have a go at things I’ve wanted to try for a long time. Also I rediscovered running and now I run most days.  I also got round to trying Joe Wicks workouts which is embarrassing but his short workouts have really helped my mental health especially during lockdown - and now I'm addicted.


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