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WELCOME!
Hello! My name is Lucy and I am the illustrator behind the Red Cat Press. I live in the south-east corner of England with my husband who is a designer, and our cat, called Cat.

MY PROCESS
I love variety in my work, and I create my art in whichever medium takes my fancy at the time. I love printmaking especially – I really enjoy the whole process as each stage is done by hand. I like the way every print, though printed from the same plate/screen/block, can look slightly different from the last. This makes each individual print original and unique. Lots of the work I do features animals – I love animals and I enjoy drawing them more than anything else.

I work from my studio in an old converted beer bottling factory called 'Creek Creative' along with 45 other artists, designers and craftspeople. It…

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  • Born on March 29
  • Joined April 17, 2010

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About

WELCOME!
Hello! My name is Lucy and I am the illustrator behind the Red Cat Press. I live in the south-east corner of England with my husband who is a designer, and our cat, called Cat.

MY PROCESS
I love variety in my work, and I create my art in whichever medium takes my fancy at the time. I love printmaking especially – I really enjoy the whole process as each stage is done by hand. I like the way every print, though printed from the same plate/screen/block, can look slightly different from the last. This makes each individual print original and unique. Lots of the work I do features animals – I love animals and I enjoy drawing them more than anything else.

I work from my studio in an old converted beer bottling factory called 'Creek Creative' along with 45 other artists, designers and craftspeople. It is a lovely building by the creek in the medievil town of Faversham, and it used to belong to the brewery Shepherd Neame who have been brewing in the town since the mid 1600's -- in the summer when we have the windows open, all we can smell is hops! My creative process is inspired by my large collection of childrens books, drinking lots of tea, eating too many biscuits, and listening to Cat purring/snoring, with either Radio 4 or a good audio book playing in the background (a classic Agatha Christie is my top choice).

Being an artist suits me well as it requires minimal physical exertion and lots of daydreaming. I get a lot of my ideas whilst doing very boring and mundane tasks (which is handy for me, as my day job is both of these things). I get to have fun on a Saturday though, when I volunteer as a cat socialiser at my local RSPCA re-homing centre. I am also a member of the fundraising committee, which means I’m always trying to dream up new creative ideas to make more money for the kitties’ dinners!

ABOUT ME…
Along with being a spy, an animal defence officer and a bear (I have always loved the idea of living in a nest or an underground den and living off nuts and leaves), I have always wanted to be an artist, which was just as well, as I left school at sixteen with an ‘F’ for fail after every subject, apart from Art and Design, for which I gained an ‘A’ (I didn’t really take to school). Luckily, this was all I needed to get me a place at art college, where I couldn’t believe my luck at being allowed to draw and paint all day, every day. Six years later, I graduated with a degree in Illustration and set off excitedly to London with my portfolio to follow my dreams of being a freelance illustrator. But, as is often the way with things in the real world, I found the idea of being a freelancer a bit more appealing than the reality of it. Deadlines, grumpy art directors, dull and inflexible briefs, not to mention the poor pay (I always earned enough to keep me in waitressing), all took away the magic of it for me really. Which is why I love Etsy so much! It has eliminated all of the parts of being a freelancer that I didn’t enjoy, and just left behind the fun part – being an artist! Now I can do anything I please, and sell my work to anywhere in the world, from my own little cyber-store, alongside lots of other free creatives. The world is my oyster, as they say!

THINGS I LIKE…
Some things that I am particularly fond of are: animals – especially cats, owls, crows, bears and foxes --, childrens books, Christmas music, illustrations of anthropomorphic animals in clothes, collecting tins, Fridays, film trailers, stationery, cardigans, libraries, folk tales and magic, midnight snacks, train journeys, drinking tea in the bath, being read to, seeing the matador gored, hearing strangers hum, autumn, fairy lights, the smell of art shops, the sound of paper rustling, trees, tomato ketchup, crisps, mushrooms, curry, afternoon kips on a sunny patch of carpet and – surprise, – making lists!

THINGS I DISLIKE…
Some things I am not very fond of are: peas, horror films, Mondays, cold soup, wearing a watch, airplanes, housework, eating animals, early mornings, smoke, strangers whistling, computer games, toast that isn’t spread all the way to the edge, alarm clocks, rainbows and heavy skies, images of skulls, antiques programmes and the letters K and Z.

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