I am an Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer based in the coastal town of Whitby, on the North Yorkshire Coast. I was born and raised in Robin Hood’s Bay, a picturesque fishing village famous for its smuggler past. After a childhood spent roaming the village’s atmospheric streets, I moved to West Yorkshire to study Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art.
I graduated with a first class honours degree in 2010, after spending three years developing the distinctive linear artistic drawing style that I have become known for today. I spent the first eight months of my career working in-house for a design studio in Manchester, before returning to my beloved homeland to become self employed. It was a desire to combine my artistic skills with a keen interest in business that led me to set up on my own.
My early work was largely inspired by my coastal upbringing and was the focal point of my first product range which launched at the British Craft Trade Fair in April 2012. The seaside and my Yorkshire heritage remain popular themes in my work today. Every design I create begins as a simple black pen illustration on paper, before being digitally enhanced with stylish colour schemes. The products I produce myself and sell in to retailers around the world include greeting cards, art prints, tea towels, melamine kitchen ware and my ever popular Coastal Cottages tote bag. The range has been stocked on the shelves of Fortnum & Mason, Fenwick, Oliver Bonas, Paperchase, Daunt Books, Paper Source (USA) and Scribbler, amongst many other independent outlets. I also retail my work on Etsy, shipping orders to customers worldwide all year round.
My art work is striking and unique, occasionally naive, but with a sophisticated edge. My love of 1950s design has had an impact on my use of colour and a passion for travel comes through in many of my designs. The training I received in surface pattern training saw me develop her skills in repeat pattern which has allowed my work to be transferred to products such as quilting fabrics, wallpaper and gift wrap. I often takes on freelance briefs for a wide variety of companies who then manufacture their own product using my designs. Travel or location specific themes are frequently the subject matter of choice, and I have created a large body of coastal work in my career so far.
Whether you are a wholesale buyer, an art director looking to commission work or license or you're an individual looking to buy one product, I would love to hear from you.
Select Freelance Collaborations
Comme des Garçons / Papyrus / Oxfam / Mathmos / The Wall Street Journal / Enesco / Desigual / P&B Textiles / Trimcraft / Florette Salad / Andrews + Blaine
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