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.
I was thrilled to be selected to take part in an Etsy shop series. Read the piece here.
The wonderful Pattern Observer has also featured my work.
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.