I’m a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and live and work in the city I love, London. I share each day with my much adored but naughty tabby cats.
I’m a bit of a design magpie, eclectically picking up inspiration where-ever I go. There are always things that pique my interest and spark an idea. It could be a bit of lettering on an underground poster, a tile on a building or someone taking their dog for a walk in Hyde Park. I seldom leave home without my notebook and pencil.
As a child I would while away the school holidays drawing, painting or making something. I learnt to knit and sew and soon progressed to designing and making my own clothes even teaching myself embroidery and appliqué. With all this creativity it felt only natural to go to art college when I left school and despite all that knitting and sewing I quickly realised that product design was for me. I left university with a BA Hons in 3 dimensional design and went on to follow my dream to study at the prestigious Royal College of Art. Two years later I graduated with a master’s degree in Industrial Design and started my first creative job, designing Polly Pocket play-sets for Bluebird Toys.
Since then I have honed my craft through various creative roles including product design manager for the fine art publishers The Medici Society, designer for The Greetings Factory and running my own handmade greeting card company.
My most recent tenure was senior graphic designer for the British luxury brand Smythson. There I revelled in the best technical and design techniques to create seasonal paper product collections, including the iconic Smythson diary. I am very proud to have worked for such a highly regarded stationery company but after nine years felt passionately about pursuing my own path of creativity.
Now I am exploring and immersing myself in other forms of illustration and surface pattern design. I can’t wait to turn my attention to new projects and work with new clients.
I would describe my work as having a very graphic quality, which has been crafted with meticulous attention to detail. I like using a mix of ink, line work, oil pastels and collage alongside iPad and Adobe illustrator to express the look I’m seeking for a particular project or client.
Client list: Aspinal of London, Clintons, Mount Street Printers. RSPB, The Heritage Press and Woodmansterne Publications Ltd.
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Mock ups courtesy of Spoonflower.com