I'm an illustrator and printmaker based in Bristol. I work from my spare room studio, so I use a tea spoon to hand burnish my prints, rather than a big, heavy printing press. Growing up in the Forest of Dean, nature was an enormous part of my childhood, and I continue to take most of my inspiration from the natural world. I want to ensure the products I create and sell not only celebrate nature, but have as little impact on it as possible. My original prints are made using either water-based or water-washable inks, which don't needs solvents to clean up, and alll my products are responsibly sourced and produced by small UK businesses. My cards are sustainably printed in Cornwall on stock made from 100% post-consumer waste; tea towels are printed in Suffolk on 100% unbleached cotton. I post all my orders out plastic-free, and use only paper belly bands as packaging.
I got to know the Bumblebee Conservation Trust's wonderful Pollinating The Peak team when I lived in Nottinghamshire and, through them, I learned about the Trust's BeeWalk scheme. Each month I walked a fixed route, and counted the number of each species and caste of bumblebee I saw, and then uploaded the data to the BeeWalk database. Getting more deeply involved with the lives of bumblebees in this way, seeing more of how their habitat and habits change through the the year, inspired my Bumblebees of The Peak District range of prints, cards and tea towels. I now have a new BeeWalk route near my new home in Bristol, and I'm donating 10% of sales of my Bumblebees range to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, to allow me to continue supporting them in whatever small way I can.