Hand painted, uniquely illustrated cards and gifts.

Forest Row, United Kingdom | 218 Sales


Hand painted, uniquely illustrated cards and gifts.

Forest Row, United Kingdom 218 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Merle Hunt

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Merle Hunt

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Once upon a time. These four simple words cast a powerful spell for, upon their utterance, we become aware of another kind of magic; the compelling power of stories. I am an illustrator and my work is inspired by stories. Words and narrative have always had a strong influence on my images. Since I was small, my sister and I, fancying ourselves Tolkien, would draw in detail the people and places of epic stories we'd created for ourselves. We could be lost for hours, sitting side by side in bed with our paper and pencils resting on hardback books pressed across our laps. These days my illustrations are produced from a hilly landscape of art materials on an old dining table and are more closely based on fairytales, the natural world and literary classics but, along the way, I've retained that intimate relationship between word and image.

In my work I use a mixture of watercolour, pencil, pen and ink, collage and etching to produce a range of unique prints, one-off pieces, cards, colouring-in books and home ware. My commissioned work has included book illustration, animation and set design.

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  • Merle Hunt

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    I am a fledgling illustration company using my own skills as an artist to produce bespoke work for you. I am passionate about creating a business that values the environment, storytelling and putting a bit of beauty back into the world.

Production partners

  • A Local Printer

    Storrington, England

    Eco printing company.

  • Pretty Messy (aka Abra Hunt, my twin sister!)

    United Kingdom

    Pretty Messy is a blossoming left handed calligrapher and master of hand lettering. She is also my twin sister and came on board to collaborate on a series of literary love quote cards.

  • The Clever Baggers

    Llanymynech, Wales

    Specialist textile printers.

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