Creative Talent is our Lifeblood
We thought that you may like a little insight into the talented artists and illustrators who provide Clare Maddicott with the wonderful images that adorn our cards and gift wrap. So here's a little biog & photo of just a few: -
Linda Edwards is an international illustrator who makes wonderfully vibrant images in both paint and digital media. From her lovely, old Shrewsbury studio, overlooking the River Severn, she creates uplifting artwork that offers people an escape from their everyday grind. She finds inspiration in textiles, mosaics, paper cuts and Persian art, and is an inveterate collector of books and artefacts. You’ll see flowers from her own garden or from the beautiful Shropshire Hills, as well as gorgeous, colourful birds, trees and animals from her time living in Africa.
Linda has been working with Clare Maddicott since 1993 and is widely known for her greetings cards, children’s books, ceramics, kitchenware, and prints. www.lindaedwards.co.uk
Reuben McHugh went to Bradford College of Art where he studied Graphic Design and Illustration, after which he went onto Lincoln College of Art to undertake a HND in illustration and design. Having worked in busy studios and as a freelance illustrator, he has honed his design skills and mastered new techniques over the years.
Reuben works in a variety of mediums such as acrylic, oils and watercolour, although for commercial reasons he usually combines his painting skills with digital methods in Illustrator, Photoshop and Painter, giving much more flexibility for amendments. Reuben tries to give his work a distinctive look in the market place and his images are often whimsical and fun. He strives to offer the customer an alternative to the normal mundane imagery by giving traditional scenarios a new twist. Reuben also likes to use light and atmosphere in his work to create a mood and make the scene more dramatic.
He loves taking inspiration from films and music and believes the Marx Bro’s film Animal Crackers should be watched at least once a year. Reuben listens to a lot of music and podcasts while working; favourites include the Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s 5 live podcast and Elvis Perkins Album in Dearland.
Reuben is a very versatile illustrator and is responsible not only for our “Hullabaloo” children's range but the height charts, friezes and banner cards in the "A Card to Treasure" range too. Reuben is also the creative talent behind our Christmas Collection.
Katy was raised in Middlesbrough and started her illustration career as a small child drawing on freshly emulsioned walls around the house! Her parents quickly dissuaded this medium and encouraged drawing with pencil and paper instead.
The idea stuck (the pencil was updated to an ink pot and pen in some cases) and after some lovely time at Art College and a degree in Illustration Katy is now a freelance Illustrator working at a desk in an old London library.
Nicola is a full time Freelance Illustrator living and working in a small coastal village in East Sussex with her husband and two beautiful young children.
Since graduating 18 years ago, Nicola has been lucky enough to have worked with many fantastic publishers worldwide.
Her career so far has seen her work used for many different products including greetings cards, stationary products and children's books as well as tableware, fine art prints, bags and CD covers. Nicola also occasionally exhibits her Fine Art work in galleries.
Nicola clearly loves being an illustrator and is passionate about her work; she says "I love my time in my garden studio, its my very own little creative space where I can happily experiment with new materials, techniques and ideas, surrounded by beautiful inspirational images and objects that I love to collect and best of all, I can make as much mess as I like! Anything can inspire me, from the squirrels that can be seen constantly rushing back and forth from tree to tree outside my studio window, to quite simply my wonderful children and the busy school run before I start work for the day! I have many different styles that I like to work in and my work is constantly changing which after many years in Illustration, I think is probably why I seem to always keep busy! That's the great thing about my job too...if you can call drawing for a living work, every day is different!"
Paul Donnison is a freelance illustrator currently working from his home studio in Canterbury, Kent.
Pauls colourful, charming illustrations are created through a combination of a pencil, cartridge papers and digital media. His work is inspired by his love of children's picture books, Jazz, vintage illustration, cinema and all things retro.
When Paul isn't making artwork, he enjoys cycling, charity shopping, great coffee and taking in a film at his favourite local cinema.
Jules Mosley of JAM Photography is a Sheffield based photographer creating unique images in her beautiful, natural light studio, or out and about with mother nature in stunning locations.
Jules trained in media makeup, fashion and photographic styling, studied at the prestigious London College of Fashion and has worked in the media industry since 1988. Jules has experience doing shoots for international celebrities and well known magazines including Marie Claire, Vogue, GQ, Hello and OK.
Jules now specialises in bespoke children and baby portrait photography creating magical images that are little pieces of art, portraits of a moment and place that you will treasure forever.