I am an artist living and working in picturesque Whitby, North Yorkshire and I specialise in surface pattern design and illustration. I was born and raised close by - in Robin Hood’s Bay, a charming fishing village famous for its smuggler past. After a childhood spent roaming the village’s atmospheric streets, I left the coast and attended Leeds College of Art where I spent three very happy years studying Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design, graduating with a first class honours degree in 2010.
In May 2011, after 8 months working in a Manchester based design studio, I returned to my homeland in North Yorkshire to begin my business, which officially launched in April 2012 at the British Craft Trade Fair.
Since starting out, I have produced my own products alongside creating art on a freelance basis. I have a collection of greeting cards that are for sale across the UK as well as some overseas territories (USA, Australia, New Zealand and Germany) and complement this range with a smaller selection of prints, coasters and textile products, largely on a coastal theme. I also collaborate with companies around the world, to produce prints and patterns that have been used across a wide variety of product areas.
Oliver Bonas / Paperchase / Fenwicks / Bentalls / John Lewis (licensed gift wrap and bags) / Paper Source (USA)
Papyrus / Oxfam / Mathmos / The Wall Street Journal / Enesco / Desigual / P&B Textiles / Marie Curie / Zanerobe / John Lewis / Trimcraft / Dashwood Studio / Florette Salad / Deva Designs / Andrews + Blaine / Graham & Brown
Publications & Press
I am lucky to have had my work featured in a number of newspapers and magazines including The Simple Things, Homes & Gardens, Homemaker, House Beautiful and The Sunday Express.
My art features in the 'Geometric' book compiled by Marie Perkins, the writer behind the ever popular Print & Pattern blog.
'House of Cards' by Sarah Hamilton, which is published by Pavilion Books launched in early 2017 and I am proud to be the selected digital illustration artist, with my very own chapter in the book. Purchase it in Waterstones, many good independent book shops or online here.
I have given lectures at Leeds College of Art and Staffordshire University, covering the topics of licensing, freelance design work and also running a business. I would welcome the opportunity to deliver further talks on these topics.
I was a masterclass tutor on Lilla Rogers incredibly popular Home Decor e-course. I recorded a video tutorial on how to mock up products in Adobe Illustrator.
I also recorded two repeat pattern video based tutorials for the Make it in Design e course (module 4), by Rachael Taylor.
2015: Shortlisted for a Henries award in the 'best giftwrap and bags' category for my designs licensed to Deva Designs.
2013: Shortlisted for a Henries award in the 'most promising young designer' category.