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Artist Biographies

This is like the scene from James Bond where Q shows James the secret weapons, but with a lot fewer exploding dummies. May we present the artists who have collaborated with ToDryFor...


Ben Javens
Ben Javens

Ben Javen's work displays a strong hand made aesthetic and consists of simple forms, a strong sense of colour, composition and a keen interest in hand rendered type.

Ben left the beloved Yorkshire town he grew up in and moved to the heart of England where he graduated from the University of Central England in 1997 with a degree in Fine Art. After wandering for several years in the wilderness that is life after graduation Ben found his true calling as an illustrator and hasn't looked back since.

Ben has worked for clients such as 8th Wonder, Hugo Boss, The Guardian, Timeout Magazine, Static Caravan, Capsule and is also a proud member of the UNSEEN agency family.

Desperate for more? Visit Ben's website: www.benjavens.co.uk
Crispin Finn

Crispin Finn is London based duo Anna Fidalgo and Roger Kelly. They make illustration, design, screen prints, stationery and assorted wares, and exhibit internationally. All of their personal work appears exclusively in the colours red, white and blue.

Want to find out a bit more? Visit Crispin Finn's website: www.crispinfinn.com
Darling Clementine
Darling Clementine

Quirky Norwegian design duo Ingrid Reithaug & Tonje Holand are Darling Clementine. Their meeting came about through fate; they were both admiring each other's work a long time before actually starting to work together. Darling Clementine are based in Oslo, Norway, and now sell cards & other products through shops in Europe, USA, Australia and Canada.

Their carefully designed cards combine much attention to detail, humour, unique colour schemes and Scandinavian design heritage. They have been featured in many magazines and design blogs including Time Out, Elle Interior, Vogue and Design Sponge, as well as being featured in two fresh design books called 'Naïve Graphics' from Die Gestalten Verlag, and also the ace book 'Letterpress'. See more of their wonderful work at: www.darlingclementine.no
Dear Colleen
Dear Colleen

Dear Colleen, aka Colleen Pugh, obtained a Masters degree from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) in 2003. After graduating she decided to stay on, working there as a lecturer. In 2007 she left ECA to gain experience in the design industry, working both freelance and for various agencies.

At the end of 2009 Colleen made the life-changing decision to quit a secure design job, pack a bag, and go travelling. Sometime later she found herself on the other side of the world in New Zealand where she has been ever since.

Colleen’s work focuses on hand-lettering, illustration, and most importantly wit! The Dear Colleen brand is easily recognised for its imperfect yet designer feel but mostly for its clever word play.

Like what you see and now want more? Visit Colleen’s website: http://www.dearcolleen.co
Gemma Correll
Gemma Correll

Gemma Correll's distinctive illustrations are addictive, especially her delightfully abundant images of pugs (including the wonderful Mr.Pickles) and cats.

Gemma graduated from the Norwich School of Art and Design in 2006 with a degree in Graphic Design and now works as a freelance illustrator. Her clients range from Virgin Holidays to the wonderful Anorak Magazine. Gemma became an ADC Young Gun in 2010, a prestigious title that recognises her talent and is certainly an indication of even greater things to come! Her first book, What I Wore Today, has recently been published by Octopus Publishing Group.

Can't get enough? We know the feeling! Visit Gemma's website www.gemmacorrell.com to satiate all your cravings for cute.
Gill McColl
Gill McColl

Gill McColl is a graphic designer with a love of letterpress, typography, and vintage advertising. She currently works as a designer at The Touch Agency in Edinburgh and runs Take the Proverbial in her spare time.

Gill has worked for lots of clients over the years including The Sunday Times, Amnesty International, Hannah Zakari and Channel 4. She was a finalist for the Marketing Society Creative Star Student of Year award in 2011 and won a YCN Commendation award (Ted Baker), too.

When not slaving over a silkscreen Gill loves travelling - having gone all the way to the Arctic in search of polar bears!

For further info, why not check out www.gillmccoll.co.uk.
Hannah Whittall
Hannah Whittall

Hannah Whittall recently graduated from Cambridge School of Art where she studied for a BA degree in Illustration. She now works as a freelance illustrator and is based in Letchworth, Hertfordshire.

With a passion for printmaking, her vibrant portfolio displays particular attention to colour, texture, and design. Working on a range of commissions she has also exhibited her work in Gaudi's prestigious Casa Batlló, Barcelona.

When creating work Hannah enjoys using different materials and incorporating hand drawn typography into her designs. She gets her inspiration from everyday objects, travelling, maps, plants and people's life stories. Why not check out more of her designs at www.hannah-illustrates.co.uk
HelloWilson
HelloWilson

HelloWilson (better known as Rachel) is a Yorkshire girl currently living in London. She graduated from Kingston University with an MA in Communication Design, having first studied English Literature at Oxford University. She worked for a time in publishing but inevitably returned to her first love of making things. She works as a freelance graphic designer, makes crazy patterned illustrations and dreams of being in Mad Men. Her versatile work spans everything from branding and print design to highly patterned illustrations of sea creatures

Rachel created a 'secret places' design as part of a collaboration with Urban Outfitters and Society6. The print is for sale through UO and is also available as laptop and ipod skins.

See more of HelloWilson's designs at www.hellowilson.co.uk
Henry Makin

Biog coming soon!

Want to find out a bit more? Visit Henry's website: www.henrymakin.co.uk
Julia Pott
Julia Pott

Julia Pott is incredible. She graduated from Kingston University with a First Class Honours degree in Illustration and Animation, and from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA in Animation. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Julia's 'My First Crush' short film was viewed nearly 1.5 million times on YouTube, and has won countless awards. Julia's amazing music videos for bands that include Of Montreal and Casiotone for the Painfully Alone ('scuse the pun) rock! Julia's Belly (it's a film, not her stomach) has recently won the Golden Gate Award for Best Animated Short film, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2012. Wow!

Julia loves unicorns, bears and pugs, and can often be found eating ice-cream.

Check out more of her super-talented work at www.juliapott.com

LESLEY BARNES

Lesley is an illustrator and animator. Her work has shown at film festivals worldwide and has won numerous awards. She has also produced animation for television (BBC, Channel 4), film, documentary and has directed a number of adverts. Her illustration work is graphic, colourful and hopefully a little bit magic!

Want to find out a bit more? Visit Lesley Barnes's website: www.lesleybarnes.co.uk

Lucie Sheridan
Lucie Sheridan

Lucie Sheridan is a freelance Illustrator based in Bristol, working across a variety of media.

Alongside marketing her prints and cards throughout the UK, she has been commissioned by various clients, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Observer. Lucie has also worked for Penguin Books, Conran Designs and Waterstones, and her work has been featured in many magazines.

Lucie works as part of the cooperative studio 'SNAP' in the centre of Bristol, where she and seven others run print workshops and manage a shop and gallery. Read more about Lucie's work on her website: www.luciesheridan.co.uk
Martin Jakeway
Martin Jakeway

Martin Jakeway graduated from Bath Spa University with a degree in Graphic Design. Whilst studying he met some like-minded individuals and after graduation they founded the vibrant graphic design studio, Drink Tea Eat Biscuits, in 2010 (check out their incredible biscuit car)! Martin also runs Love Paint UK, a website full of wonderful things that he has drawn, painted, or created from old, recycled materials.

Martin lives with his lovely girlfriend, Cat, on a dairy farm in picturesque Somerset, just a stone’s throw away from Thatchers Cider (jealous much?!). His inspirations include music, stories, the beach and the sea, the countryside, and vintage packaging. He also likes chips and gravy.

You can view some of Martin’s amazing creations at www.lovepaint.co.uk and check out his graphic design work at www.drinkteaeatbiscuits.co.uk
Moira Millman
Moira Millman

Moira graduated from Maidstone College of Art in 1992 and has been working as an illustrator ever since. She has worked on many diverse and exciting projects in editorial, publishing and advertising in the U.K, Europe and the U.S. Her work has also been exhibited in various London galleries including the V&A Museum as a winner in their illustration awards.

Originally from hilly Devon she currently lives in the flatlands of Cambridgeshire where she enjoys creating her colourful hand drawn illustrations. Always a big fan of the pun and word play she often incorporates hand rendered type into her work.

Her main inspiration is her enduring love of the 1950s and 60s. She loves watching old Technicolor movies and she is an avid collector of Mid-century pottery, books and ephemera which all jostle for attention on the many shelves in her home. http://www.moiramillman.co.uk
Nicholas John Frith
Nicholas John Frith

Nicholas John Frith is an illustrator, printmaker and writer who grew up in the Chilterns, going to school around the corner from the home of Roald Dahl. He now finds himself residing on the south coast of Dorset where he is no longer keeping his drawings to himself. Instead he is sharing them with the world, and he's excited!

A sense of 'idea' is often key to his work, as is a simple, natural, handmade aesthetic.

Nicholas is currently working on a handful of picture books he hopes to be published in the near future, and has become a regular contributor to the awesome Anorak Magazine.

Want to find out more? Visit Nick's website: http://nicholasjohnfrith.com
Oli Frape
Oli Frape

Oli Frape is a hand-letterer, typographer and illustrator based in London. He produces copy-led images that are bright, colourful and playful and always drawn by hand. His awesome work has been used by editorial, publishing and advertising clients, and now us!

Desperate for more? Visit Oli's website: www.olifrape.co.uk
One Must Dash
One Must Dash

One Must Dash is a design duo consisting of two girls and a moustache in a hurry. Anneli and Anki are friends who share a love of decorative, yet humourous design; their quirky take on life is both stylish and full of subtle wit. Their work focuses on love, doilies, circus folk, and obviously moustaches appear rather frequently.

Why not find out a bit more by visiting their website: www.onemustdash.com
Jen Bowmast
Print Mistress

Print Mistress is the creative endeavour of Jen Bowmast.

Jen has worked as a graphic designer for more years than she cares to count. Whilst in London she worked at 4 Creative (Channel 4) having fun with things for television, before launching homewares label Grace & Go. After all this rushing around in fabulous London town, Jen returned home to New Zealand and started Print Mistress.

Print Mistress is in the beautiful seaside location of Motueka in New Zealand's South Island. A very inspiring and pleasing place to potter around in a studio, faffing about with letterpress, fabric, ink and sewing machines. For more information, visit the Print Mistress website... www.printmistress.co.nz
People Will Always Need Plates
People Will Always Need Plates

Launched in 2004, People Will Always Need Plates is the creation of Hannah Dipper and Robin Farquhar. With a shared love of brutalist architecture and iconic landmark buildings, People Will Always Need Plates design and produce witty, thoughtful and stylish products, including plates that you could just as easily hang in an art gallery as eat your fish and chips from.

Hannah's background is ceramics, attaining an MA in 'pots and bottles' from the RCA. Robin studied industrial design at Brunel, and then went off to play in the glamorous world of branding and exhibition design for many years before being led to the dark side of batch production and collaboration with Hannah.

Need more architecture-inspired products in your life? Check out their website: www.peoplewillalwaysneedplates.co.uk
Peskimo
Peskimo

Peskimo is Jodie and David and they live in sunny Bristol in the south west of England. Their illustrations combine curious details and streamlined design with a generous pinch of nostalgia to create art that has won admirers far and wide. They find inspiration in cartoons, vintage graphic design and overhearing people in the post office queue. The pair has worked with a wide variety of clients including Sony, Barclays, BBC and Vodafone and has appeared in publications such as Monocle magazine and The Guardian. They hope one day to have their own ice cream van.

Want more? Check out their website: www.peskimo.com
Peter Slight
Peter Slight

Peter Slight’s enchanting style stems mainly from his love of children’s books and illustration from the 60s and 70s; he is heavily influenced by folk tales and fables, which lend his work a strong narrative feel. Since graduating in Illustration form the University of Wolverhampton, he has been doing freelance illustration whilst exhibiting his awesome paper-cut pictures and models in numerous Museums and Art Galleries across the UK.

Peter is currently making several large scale sculptures for a sculpture park and working towards getting his first children’s book published.

Why not immerse yourself in Peter’s wonderful world: www.smirkyherbert.co.uk
Robbie Henderson
Robbie Henderson

Having graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Design from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2010, Robbie turned his attention back to his first love, illustration. Based outside his home town of Falkirk, he takes inspiration from his surroundings of pine forest, moors, and disused open-cast mines. He loves power-stations, factories, bears, moose, cake, and hoarding retro electronics.

Robbie is currently working as a freelance illustrator whilst completing a Masters degree in Edinburgh.
Rob Ryan
Rob Ryan

Rob Ryan's beautiful and intricate paper cuts depict love and loss in all their joyful and melancholy glory.

Rob studied fine art at Nottingham Trent Polytechnic before going on to an MA in printmaking at the Royal College of Art. A highly acclaimed artist and illustrator, he has worked alongside so many prestigious names, including Paul Smith, Vogue, the V&A, Tatty Devine, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason and now ToDryFor!

Gaze in wonder at Rob's awe-inspiring artwork by popping along to his Ryantown shop at 126 Columbia Road, London, or by visiting his blog: rob-ryan.blogspot.com
Scissorsaurus

Biog coming soon!

Want to find out a bit more? Visit Scissorsaurus's website: www.scissorsaurus.com
Stuart Kolakovic
Stuart Kolakovic

Stuart Kolakovic is an astonishingly gifted freelance illustrator based in the Midlands, home to Black Sabbath and Industrial pollution.

A graduate from Kingston University, he has worked for clients as diverse as Sony, Barclays Bank, The Guardian, Howies and US rock band, The Fray.

Stuart is currently working on a graphic novel entitled Lichen, based on eastern European folk tales and fairy stories. It will soon be published by Blank Slate Books, and quite frankly, we can't wait!!

To find out more about Stuart's inimitable illustrations, visit www.stuartkolakovic.co.uk



Will Wright
Will Wright

Will is from a small countryside village in Leicestershire and is currently studying Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montfort University.

After graduating he intends to pursue a career as a freelance illustrator. He enjoys drawing characters and gathers his inspiration from people in the news, old films and posters, packaging design, children's books, and people he’s observed in day-to-day life. As well as his love for drawing, he also enjoys ale, films, photography, and skateboarding. His main choice of weapon when illustrating is pen and ink due to the different lines it creates. He also drinks a lot of tea and coffee, too much really.

Need more of Will’s work in your life? Visit Will’s tumblr: http://willwrightillustration.tumblr.com