Illustrator

I love drawing and over the past few years have rediscovered a love of illustration. In the early 1990s I illustrated a number of community and health publications and, since I became freelance, I have been able to take on a range of commissions predominantly for community events and publications.

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Companion illustrations for The Bureau Centre for the Arts following a devastating fire in April 2019. One depicts a window destroyed in the fire, the other depicts Bureau memories, people and events from the building.

Recent Commissions

We Are Blackburn

Following an inspiring experience at The Eden Project Community Camp in November 2019, I wanted to create a positive image as a present for my town, one which challenged the prevailing narrative of Blackburn being a divided place and which celebrated the strength we get from our diversity. We are all Blackburn. The poster has been well-received and is being distributed and displayed around the town.

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Bolton at Home Ambition for Ageing Tote Bag

Working with a team of over 50s, who had all been involved in a year-long project encouraging older people to get involved in culture, social eating and to help carers to return to work, we created a vibrant design for a tote bag which will be given to all participants at the end of project conference and celebration in March 2020.

72 Seasons

Year-long commission throughout 2020 for Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership to provide illustrations which capture the micro seasons in and around Pendle Hill. The project, in partnership with Kirsty Rose-Parker (The Evaluator), engages local people in observing the changes in the micro seasons and recording whether actively observing them impacts positively on mental health. 

Bolton at Home

In early 2019 I was commissioned by Bolton at Home to create a series of themed illustrations for a consultation and report about future plans for the town centre of Farnworth. I was able to meet, photograph and draw some of the the people involved and the illustrations use the consultation and research as their source.

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In Spring of 2019, and as a result of the positive response to the previous illustrations, I was approached to create a series of images for an Cultural Champions project, aimed at encouraging over 50s to become involved in arts, culture and heritage activities and volunteering.

Arts Partners in Pennine Lancashire Manifesto

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Community Gateway Housing Association, Preston

During late 2017 and into 2018 I spent time with the people who drive and use the community minibus at Community Gateway Housing Association in Preston. The minibus is a lifeline for many people, and whilst CGA had the facts and figures of the mileage and numbers of trips, they wanted to find a creative way of capturing the stories of the people who use the minibus. The five panels were shared at the CGA AGM in September 2018 and will be exhibited at other upcoming events.Panels 1 and 2

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the artwork you completed for the minibus –it went down a treat at our AGM – it was lovely watching people recognising themselves, then standing next to the pictures…..

Loraine Campbell CGA

 

Lancashire Mobile Library Service Artist in Residence 

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In 2017/2018 I was artist in residence for the Mobile Library Service in Lancashire as part of the Spot On Lancashire programme. Spending time on each of the six library vehicles, I met librarians and customers, exploring with them the importance of the service and creating images in response to their stories which will be used to promote the service with a set of posters, book bags and bookmarks launched September 2018.

Just to say a huge thank you for your work with the Lancashire Mobile Library service. The book bags have arrived and been distributed to the Mobiles for their customers to use. The finished designs are great and all the static libraries now have copies of the promotional material for display. I think the project was beneficial in other ways too. Your blogs raised the profile of the mobile service within our organisation, and I know that the drivers valued your presence working alongside them on the road.

Nick Bury,  Operational Libraries Manager, Lancashire County Council

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Whitworth Skyline Walk Map

Created as part of the Spodden Valley Revealed HLF project, this map was an additional resource for the annual skyline walk, providing the route for walkers as well as stops for the newly created heritage audio points. The illustrations represent some of the significant stories, landmarks and people from the audio. Mid Pennine Arts

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As part of my role as creative producer and artist for MPA I also regularly create illustrations for events and projects.

Spot On Lancashire Doodler in Residence

After attending a series of performances in village halls, libraries and other non-traditional performance spaces, I created a series of drawings to celebrate just some of the people and places of Lancashire’s Spot On touring network.

Clients include:

Culturapedia – Illustrations for website, for storytelling festivals and Post Office themed illustrations for a festival evaluation project.

Illustrations for pluggedin/Culturapedia. Design by Source Creative.

Cartwheel Arts – Illustrations for the book ‘Bury As It Were’.

Sparky’s Cafe at The Harbour – Illustrations for window vinyls at the community cafe at The Harbour mental health hospital, Blackpool.

I also sell items including bags, badges and greetings cards featuring my illustrations.