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Ally Gore is an established illustrator and textile designer based in the UK. Her designs and artworks are inspired by a love of antique textiles and a passion for Cornish wildlife and the county's rugged coastline, where she lives and works. Ally's illustration derives from traditional painting and her works are created by hand, using acrylic and gouache. Intricate pattern, charming characters, fine detail and considered colour pallets all define her signature style. Ally studied Printed Textile Design at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design, gaining a BA Hons Degree. Working exclusively in textile design for many years she developed her design work to include illustration for art cards and prints. Ally formed 'The Inkpress Studio' with long-term collaborator and illustrator Robert Reader, a design studio and ecommerce outlet for their award-winning illustrative work.
Catherine Rowe is a British designer whose work embodies luxury. Inspired largely by her love of nature and wildlife, Catherine’s illustrations marry tradition with contemporary style. Her medium is highly unusual – all of her drawings are created by hand using the technique of scraperboard. Colour is then added separately and digitally, enhancing Catherine’s analogue drawings. Catherine Rowe won the Liberty Open Call for a new iconic Liberty fabric in 2018. Her winning design ‘Palace Gardens’ was launched in 2019 and her career has flourished ever since. Catherine trained as an Illustrator at Cambridge School of Art. With an impressive list of licenses to her name, clients include Anthropologie, Museums & Galleries, Cocoon Home, Paperchase, The National Trust, Lagom Design, and Liberty Fabrics.
Emily Brooks uses bold colour, vibrant illustration, and empowering words to lift your spirits. She enhances the magic of her realistic illustrations by setting them on a colour-block backdrop, making her popular collection of bright prints a joyful addition to any home. The animals and scenes she depicts are beautiful snapshots of a moment or a feeling, with increased detail and colour.
Emily is an award winning British illustrator, designer and influencer, with an infectious positivity and individual style. Her prints will inject a refreshing sense of confidence and playfulness into your life.
Emma has a degree in Graphic Design from Nottingham Trent University (which feels like a long time ago now) but was always found with a tin of watercolours and paintbrush in her hand. She now mainly paints from her home studio in Nottingham, still using a mix of watercolour and pencil. She is inspired by quirky looking buildings, harbours, Scotland, and colours. Emma loves nothing more than painting a seagull and often hides one or two somewhere in her paintings!
Kate Heiss studied at the Royal College of Art graduating with an MA in Textile Design in 1997. She then worked as a Textile Designer across a wide range of fashion brands including Fenchurch, Miss Selfridge and the Japanese fashion designer Michiko Koshino. Kate has lectured in Japan and was a visiting tutor at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and Buckinghamshire New University. In 2011 Kate set up her own printmaking studio after receiving a Certificate of Printmaking with distinction from the prestigious Curwen Print Study Centre. Her approach to design and printmaking stems from a love of florals, geometric patterns and bold colours often found in textiles. Much of her inspiration comes from the natural landscapes of East Anglia. Kate works in a variety of techniques including Linocut, Screenprint, Chine Collé, Collagraph, and Collage. All Kate's work is on paper.
Natasha Newton is an artist and illustrator living in two beautiful locations; Suffolk with its vast skies and seascapes, and Surrey, the most densely-wooded county in the UK. Natasha started her career as a fine art painter, exhibiting work at numerous galleries throughout the UK and overseas. Natasha tries to convey the magic and mystery of the natural world through her work. She is particularly inspired by autumn and winter as she finds these seasons beautifully nostalgic and evocative. Natasha Newton is a traditional painter - all of her pieces are created meticulously by hand with an emphasis on quality and precision.
Rachael Hibbs is a London based artist and printmaker who owns the brand RLH Prints. Rachael’s love for flora and fauna is presented in a Victorian curiosity style composition. Her botanical inspired linoleum blocks are intricately hand carved and printed using a traditional etching press. Rachael works a printmaking instructor at a London college and demonstrates a wide range of printmaking techniques to her students. Her work as an artist and educator has been featured in print publications such as Pressing Matters and People of Print.
Robert studied Photography at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design where he gained a BA Hons Degree. After a move to Cornwall he started working freelance as a photographer and illustrator, licensing images for publication. Together with his partner Ally Gore they set up an award-winning design studio in 1997 which covers illustration, textile design and photography. His work is inspired by the pioneering graphic design of the mid-century movement, a post war period of new ideas and energy that encompassed all area of design and art. He is drawn to the experimental use of shapes, colour and typography, with a geometric style and clean lines.
Sarah Watson explores the beauty and dynamism of the natural landscape, travelling to the most stunning and diverse areas of the UK and beyond to paint. She is particularly in thrall to the constantly changing colours and endless drama in the skies of her native Lincolnshire as the seasons change. She works almost exclusively en plein air, channelling her immediate emotional response to the surrounding countryside into expressive marks and colour. Born in Oakham, Rutland, in 1972, Sarah graduated from De Montfort University with a First Class degree in Combined Arts in 1994, specializing in Abstract Painting. After 15 years working in the music industry, she settled in Lincolnshire to devote her time entirely to painting.
Snowden Flood is the unusual name of the London-based designer - she started her career in design working in New York for the Brooklyn Museum and Peter Marino Architects. Snowden frequently designs products on commission and clients include British Museum, St. Pauls Cathedral, The Museum of London, Southbank Centre, Dorchester Collection, The city of Turin, Chatsworth House, Tate Modern & London Transport Museum. Snowden is inspired by Art Deco and 1920s-40s textile design. Over the years Snowden has designed/sourced and helped to manufacture many bespoke fabrics for interior designers and architects. Snowden works from a very beautiful studio complex in Croydon, UK.
Let us introduce you to Stuart Cox, founder and creator of the wonderful I Like Birds illustrations. Stuart's story starts from humble beginnings; as a way to keep in contact with his Mum (who lived hundreds of miles away), Stuart began to work on some of these unique and colourful illustrations to send to his beloved mother, as a way of communication. Unfortunately, after a short time Stuart's mother passed away, and the illustrations sat in a drawer for years until a friend found them and asked if they could sell them as cards in their café in Aviemore. After selling over a thousand in the first month, I Like Birds was created. Stuart's inspiration now is just as it always has been: a love of nature, a love of design, and hidden behind it all a love of family and nostalgia for his birdwatching youth, and we absolutely love working with him!
Stuart's uniquely styled prints are sure to completely brighten up and transform your living or work space, as well as act as a fantastic gift for your friends, family of loved ones.