After a career as a BBC Producer, I trained as an illustrator and did an MA in Illustration at Kingston Uni in 2008. Since then I have been making paper art – paper cuts, collages and 3D paper sculptures – and working as an illustrator.
My work is commissioned for public installations, advertising and marketing, design and decoration, books, websites and magazines, as well as for bespoke gifts.
As a few examples: I have four published books, another coming in February 2017, and have drawn a portfolio of more than 200 illustrations in the past year. I recently illustrated a cook book for Rizzoli with both paper cuts and sketches, a poetry collection called The Book of Snow by Robert Seatter with cut outs, collages and collographs, and designed a range of fabric designs for Tribee Fashion in the US….
I make paper objects by cutting with a scalpel knife but also by folding, crumpling, crushing, layering or by using papier-mache techniques. Paper comes in infinite textures, weights and colours and I choose carefully depending on the nature of the project and the techniques I’m going to apply.
I make story-telling images with strong figurative and character elements, humour and lots of movement. I am inspired by the natural world – shells, seed heads, wild flowers, fossils – fabric design, stained glass windows, tapestries, fairy tales and folklore and historic artifacts.
The Art of Papercutting illustrates the multitude of ways in which a knife can be used for creating cut-paper art in portraits, fashion, landscapes, illustration and covers - even life drawing. The book also provides guidance for would-be paper cutters and includes twelve templates.
As an alternative way for people to find their inner artist, Search Press have also published my first colouring book for grown-ups, Tangle Wood. Tangle Wood is a place to let your imagination wander. Draw and doodle in the airy spaces, and colour to your heart’s content. Packed with 75 pages of my illustrations, Tangle Wood is full of forest creatures, plants and woodland flowers and each page contains a hidden jewel.
The images in Tangle Bay all have a magical maritime theme, and each one includes hidden treasure worked into the design for readers to discover and colour in. Like Tangle Wood, this book includes designs that fit on a single page as well as those that extend across a double-page spread. Some have space left for the reader to extend the design themselves. High quality paper means that there is no show-through.
The latest book in the Tangle series! The images all have a magical theme, and each one includes a hidden charm intricately worked into the design for readers to discover and colour in.
Get in contact with me (email@example.com/01225-284598) and let me know what you have in mind. I’ll suggest options and possible costs.
I’ll make some rough sketches for you. If you’re happy with the suggested design I’ll give you a firm quote and agree timescales and payment arrangements with you.
I’ll let you have a detailed drawing. There’s still time to make alterations to the design if you change your mind about something in the picture.
I’ll complete the art piece and deliver it to you. A very happy beneficiary!