I'm an established children's illustrator and surface pattern designer based in West Yorkshire in the UK.
I am passionate about contemporary style, colour, design and illustration for babies and children. I love to inject an element of fun into all my work - and into my working practice.
I have over 30 years design and illustration experience within all sectors of the children's market.
Originally from a fashion background, I began my career as a childrenswear and womenswear designer in 1990. I travelled regularly around the world - visiting factories in the Far East, India and Poland, co-ordinating photoshoots in Europe, and on exciting little inspiration trips to shops and trade fairs in New York and Paris - and gained a deep understanding of commercial design and production.
When I became a mother in 2000 the extensive travel was suddenly no longer working for me, or my little family, so I left my position as Head of Design in 2002 to pursue a freelance career.
I worked with Mamas and Papas in-house for a year to follow my passion of baby design and since then have had the pleasure of spending my days designing for baby and kid's products within a broad range of sectors.
Where it all began... I initially worked on garment design as well as the graphic placements within them, but these days I focus on where my passion really lies - the print and pattern side, especially in babywear.
I recently collaborated on several licensed ranges with Mac and Moon in Atlanta and would love to do more collaborations like this going forward.
Select clients: Mamas and Papas, Next, Mini Club Boots, Mothercare, Sainsbury's, Mac and Moon, Viverano Organic, Baba & Boo, Pepkor, Primark, Dunnes Stores
I love working on characters, placements and pattern design for the nursery and all other aspects of baby and kid's interiors. I've designed and illustrated co-ordinated collections ranging from bedding and soft furnishings to wall art, accessories and other nursery products such as bathing and feeding.
Select clients: Mamas and Papas, Babies R Us, Next, Silver Cross, Disney Stores, Happy Friday, Lilipinso, Kidsii, Jané, Fisher Price, Menudos Cuadros, LoulouLollipop
I'm passionate about children's books and have been illustrating them since 2014. I have had over 100 titles published and have been nominated for the Sainsbury's Children's Book of the Year.
I particularly love working on simple, yet stylish baby board books and would welcome any opportunity to collaborate with more publishers going forward.
Select clients: Elephant and Bird Books, Little Tiger Press, YoYo Books, Make Believe Ideas Publishing, I am a Bookworm, Really Decent Books, Editions Piccolia
I've designed characters for pre school and soft toys as well as surface pattern and packaging for other baby toys and puzzles. I've recently been working with Fisher Price to create a new range of characters which is being used on toys and other products across their Core Collection.
Select clients: Mamas and Papas, Silver Cross, Fisher Price, Next, Luddatica, Bonton Toys, Viverano Toys
I've worked on commissions to create greetings card and wrap designs and I have also sold and licensed many designs from my extensive portfolio in this area. Please email me if you'd like to view my licensing portfolio.
Select clients: Hallmark, UK Greetings, American Greetings, Papyrus, Aquarupella, Tigerprint
If you're looking for an illustrator for your next project or are interested in viewing my licensing portfolio I'd love to hear from you!
You can email me on this link, or fill out the form below.