Introducing the contributors to this blog...
Freelance Illustrator, graphic & surface pattern designer
Based near the beautiful Quantock Hills in Somerset, I love to create cheerful, pretty and sometimes witty illustration prints, greetings cards, stationery, gift wrap and gifts. My designs have a very British flavour with the scent of the seaside, caravan holidays, cream teas and glorious afternoons spent pottering in the garden listening to the blissful chirp of bird song.
Each of my designs usually start life as one of my quirky hand-drawn doodles which are then coloured digitally with a blast of vibrant colour. Some of my greetings card and gift wrap designs can be found in high street shops including some branches of Waterstones, National Trust & RNLI shops as well as lots of lovely independent card and gift shops across the UK.
When I'm not designing greetings cards, I'm often found collaborating with other artists, crafters and small business owners to enable them to build a creative and beautiful brand.
Before going freelance, I graduated with a BA Hons in Graphic Design illustration and spent over 10 years working in the advertising industry in London and Bristol.
For me, it's all about raising a smile and putting a bit of warmth and colour back into the world. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and sharing my creative journey.
Managing Director, Porcupine PR Ltd
Rachel has been a regular contributor to my blog, sharing her wealth of knowledge and advice on matters to do with PR and marketing. She's a great source of support, has a passion for craft and is a lovely lady to share a mid week cup of tea with in my Tea & Tips mini-series.
Rachel, a former Guardian Media Group Senior Journalist, founded Porcupine PR in 1994. She has more than 22 years’ experience as an NCTJ, fully-trained, professional journalist as well as working for, and with, regional and national newspapers, magazines, radio and news-based websites. As a result of Rachel’s background and experience, the Porcupine PR team bases its methods of communication on the principles of good journalism. Her first job after leaving journalism was with the Corporate Affairs team at Tesco. She worked with the supermarket giant for four years, based in Manchester, assisting the London team with store development and associated local/regional and national PR.