I grew up on a farm, surrounded by adventure and the freedom to explore. I found my skills in drawing and painting which gave me the creative flair to experiment through a journey of Art and design. I studied illustration in beautiful Devon, where I gained a BA Honours in Illustration. Following my degree, I started to work as a freelance illustrator and was commissioned to illustrate two children’s books by London and New York publishers, Ryland, Peters & Small.
I developed an interest in food illustration and was approached by several independent artisan producers, as well as The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival in Suffolk, where I have illustrated for the Festival marketing for the last 10 years.
Alongside my illustration, I have always been drawn to textiles and Interiors. I went on to explore Interior Styling and worked in London for several interior publications including Country Living Magazine and Elle Decoration. I
then went to work for Fabric House, GP & J Baker, and Mulberry Home. I started to learn about the industry of Textile Manufacturing and followed on to work as an assistant and Designer for Nicholas Herbert Ltd in Chelsea, where I realized my passion for printed textile design. It was here that I designed my first collection of fabrics. Through developing my designs for textiles, I started to produce some of my original lino block prints onto fabric.
I also went with an old friend and colleague on a trip to Jaipur to find block makers. I was passionate about the traditional techniques they use and developed some designs for a small home-wares collection of handmade quilts and table linen. By this point, I was working for myself alongside starting my family.
I left London and moved to the heart of the West Sussex Downs, where I now live my with family, my Husband Rob, and my two children, Jack and Tommy. I work from my Garden studio, often with our Daxijack, Huxley by
my feet. Much of my work now is a mix of private commissions, including House portraits, bespoke artwork, and calligraphy. I produce hand-screen printed wall hangings, which I lovingly create from scratch in my studio, alongside original fine art, prints and cards.
A few years ago, I was delighted to be approached by The White Company, who I now work in collaboration as a designer for The Little White Company. My original illustrations are produced exclusively for children’s clothing, pyjamas, bed linen and Christmas stationery. I have also created illustrations used for Kitchen Textiles. This dream opportunity offers me diversity in my career, where I can experience designing in a commercial field, alongside my other work.
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