Anna studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art before moving to London to pursue a career in fashion and interiors. After a brief few years, she moved back to Scotland to set up on her own. Her delightful illustrations now adorn prints, cards, mugs and table mats – with more lovely collections in the pipeline!
Where do you work?
In the beautiful Pullens Yards in Kennington – they’re work spaces originally built for craftsmen in the Victorian era. Not much has changed since then which is wonderful.
What inspires your designs?
Too much! Costume, flowers, gardens, people, culture, stories, animals… I get in a pickle trying to focus myself sometimes.
What made you decide to set up your own business?
I always loved design, craft, colour and textiles, but I knew that to make a living out of my passion would be difficult. Luckily, people picked up on my drawings, and it has all evolved from there. Working with other people has always been important to me. As an artist your lifestyle can be very solitary, so setting up my own business has allowed me to meet and converse with other creative people on a daily basis.
What’s your favourite view?
There are many, but I love going home to my parents in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. They live in a beautiful spot, there is something about the lie of the hills and the way the light falls on them that takes me to such a happy place.
Describe your creative style in three words.
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Character-based, colourful and free.