“For as long as I can remember I have loved to draw and be creative. It is extremely satisfying creating something out of nothing and I find the process quite addictive”.
She has worked in the field of Art & Design since the mid-1980s and in 1996 was awarded a first class honours degree in furniture design. Since then she has worked freelance as an illustrator and designed furniture for several manufacturing companies.
In 1999 she took a year off work to travel the world, documenting the trip with many illustrations including flamingos in Chile, albatrosses in New Zealand, as well as European boats and architecture.
She lives and works from a cottage in the Forest of Bowland, working mainly in fine line, ink and watercolour. She says:
“I hate cluttered, fussy art and like to create a flow to the piece. I feel that the spaces are as important as the subjects featured and try to limit the number of colours I use”.
As a freelance artist her illustrations have been used in advertising, corporate art installations, merchandising, publishing, greetings cards, personalised stationery and exhibitions.
She has a permanent exhibition a the Brabins Gallery, Chipping, Preston.
Heidi also writes a regular column in “Lancashire Life ” about the trials and tribulations of combining self-sufficiency with raising a son and running a creative business.
She has also been awarded the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce Design Award and has worked as a Crafts Council Research Assistant & Exhibition Organiser:
Heidi’s portfolio and more information can be seen on her website at:
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