A Colourful Life

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A chaotic mash up of graphics, fashion design, fashion illustration and everyday sketching brings me to this point.

I studied Fashion for 20 years including 9 years living and working as a Fashion Designer / Illustrator in London full time and as a freelancer. During this time I had my own clothing brand called ‘Slush’ which sold internationally & had best sellers at Top Shop Oxford Circus. I swapped Hackney for Shropshire and studied at Manchester School of Art for a Masters in Illustration. While there I entered a Moleskine competition for reportage style illustrations, I was excited to get into the final and that’s when I discovered sketching could be something more… a protagonist for  Lamy in 2022.  A documentary was made about my sketching process in Manchester and my home town of Shrewsbury.

Below is a snapshot from the 90’s when I worked on T-Shirt Graphics.

90's T-Shirt Graphics
Kickers Wallpaper ! Loved this job.
Pentland Group
Levi's Freelance Work
Red or Dead Illustrations

hope & martha

This decade I mostly I ferret out interesting coffee houses, cafes and people as part of my everyday life sketches. I search out the honesty, authenticity of daily life and people going about their daily routines. An antidote to celebrity overload and staged photoshoots. The sketches are combined with a hint of photographic detail to convey the reality of the venue, giving you a glimpse of what it was like to be there in that moment. The drawings are layered over time and you may notice an extra arm or leg as movement is captured. Depending on the focus of the work I may feature lights or furniture along side people to illustrate the interaction and lifestyle of that brand or venue.

In conversation Click Here



Always interesting to hear opinions on my work and I was pleased to read that my illustrations communicate my intentions in this review Read OCA student blog

Read more via the Urban Sketchers interview by clicking here




Along side the live sketching I run ‘Cherie did this’ a colourful range of illustrated products which can be found direct from the ‘Cherie did this’ website or via Not on the High Street.




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