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Launched in 2000, I started out as a manufacturer

of hand-made wedding stationery, creating innovative

ranges that doubled as frameable keepsakes. 

As well as having my designs featured in the national bridal

glossies shown here, I was fortunate enough to become the

recommended stationer at a number of prestigious venues

locally, generating orders via wedding fairs, bridal boutiques

and gift shops in Yarm, Darlington, Durham, York and Leeds,

while shipping to customers worldwide.

I blinked and 20 years zipped by, during which time my work gradually drifted away from manufacturing towards freelance illustration and design, a move that happily led to several image licensing deals, projects in character and merchandise development, and a publishing contract as a paper engineer.  

These images reflect an exciting time in my

career, with numerous business trips to the head

offices of publishing industry giants, and a cheeky

spot of shopping in London after each meeting. Even

now I find it hard to believe I did it all in high heels. 

True Story artwork

These days I'm in the jammy position of thinking up artworks, captions, and ideas for others to hopefully enjoy.


Born in Teesside, I was brought up

the traditional Anglo-Scot way in that I knew the A74(M) like the back of my hand by the age of five.

I recently married my first boyfriend of nearly thirty years. Together we share a house with two cats and a garden with a variety of amazing wildlife. Plus three chickens.


Like most people, I fell in love

with art & design at a young age. 

I now own jars of herbs that are

older than Billie Eilish and I’m still

just as besotted with it.

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I did my foundation course at Cleveland

College of Art and Design, now known as

the Northern School of Art and Design,

before setting off to do a degree.

I left the University of Lincoln and

Humberside in 1996 with a first class

BA (Hons) Graphic Design and a genuine

appreciation for Netto beans.

The following year I completed my PGCE

(Secondary) Art & Design at the University

of Leeds, studying at the quite beautiful

Bretton Hall, located within the Yorkshire

Sculpture Park.

All set for a life-long career in teaching,

I got a job in PR & Communications. 

After a couple of years, my role involved

organising corporate hospitality functions,

and was nothing short of a dream start to

a glittering future in event management.

Yes, a person would have to be quite

cuckoo to give up such a job in favour of

letting their creative juices run amuck.


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