About

About Persephone

I'm an illustrator living in a quiet corner of Bristol, where I design my collection of greeting cards and prints.

After studying Illustration at Kingston University, I moved to Bristol and spent a few years working in publishing as a graphic designer before dusting off my paintbrushes and finally taking the leap to set up my own illustration business.

Since then, I have launched my first collection of greeting cards inspired by my love of the natural world. The collection is now stocked in a number of retailers in Bristol and around the country. In addition to this, I also take on private commissions and other freelance work.

You might also like to read an interview I did for Whittard of Chelsea following the launch of their new coffee packaging which I designed:
https://www.whittard.co.uk/discover/coffee-knowledge/meet-the-illustrator.html


My Ethos

I design greeting cards inspired by the natural world for people who appreciate simplicity, originality and timeless design. I want my cards to feed curious minds and awaken a sense of wonder for the world we live in. Sending a card is about connecting with the people we value in our lives and simply taking the time to tell them this. They help you celebrate the big things in life, as well as the precious everyday moments and I believe that this deserves something beautifully designed and thoughtfully crafted.

The Process

The process begins outdoors by spending time observing and recording the changing rhythms of the natural world, before returning home to my studio in Bristol, where I turn my ideas into designs. All of the designs you see are drawn by hand in meticulous detail, using only brush and ink and are afterwards coloured digitally. I like to retain this link to time-honoured traditions, as it keeps my work firmly rooted in my craft in a way that’s befitting for the 21st century.

Materials

As I take inspiration from the natural world, I am very conscious of the need to minimise the impact my business has on the environment and to this end, I carefully consider every detail of my business and use recycled materials and FSC-certified papers for all of my cards. Wherever possible I work with local suppliers to source materials and print my cards on professional presses here in England.