HowellIllustration

Sustainable, nature-inspired artwork and homeware

Godstone, United Kingdom

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Announcement    Sustainability is very important to me, and that's why Howell Illustration is working towards zero-waste status. Here are the steps I have taken so far:

1. Minimal packaging: if plastic isn't needed, it isn't used (This is why I do not have plastic packaging around my cards or tattoo sheets)

2. The 'plastic' around my art is actually made of corn starch and is biodegradable - but it has to go in with your compost or food waste, not in the recycling

3. Everything is posted out in paper, cardboard-backed envelopes or boxes that are either recycled, reused or FSC approved

4. The things I order in are requested to be wrapped without plastic. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t, I am looking for new places to order things from daily.

5. I recycle everything that can be recycled, including the ink cartridges I use to print everything, which then contribute towards my chosen charity.

6. My cards, envelopes and bags are made out of recycled paper. My business cards are made out of recycled t-shirts.

7. I source from the UK wherever possible.

8. 10% of my profits go to charities preserving woodlands in the UK, or looking after endangered animals worldwide.

9. I have started re-using old frames from charity stores, instead of ordering new ones, repainting with eco-friendly paint and re-cutting the mounts

10. I will be replacing all of my plastic photo corners with paper ones as soon as the plastic ones run out

I'm aiming to be completely zero waste by the end of 2019.

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Last updated on Jan 4, 2021

Sustainability is very important to me, and that's why Howell Illustration is working towards zero-waste status. Here are the steps I have taken so far:

1. Minimal packaging: if plastic isn't needed, it isn't used (This is why I do not have plastic packaging around my cards or tattoo sheets)

2. The 'plastic' around my art is actually made of corn starch and is biodegradable - but it has to go in with your compost or food waste, not in the recycling

3. Everything is posted out in paper, cardboard-backed envelopes or boxes that are either recycled, reused or FSC approved

4. The things I order in are requested to be wrapped without plastic. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t, I am looking for new places to order things from daily.

5. I recycle everything that can be recycled, including the ink cartridges I use to print everything, which then contribute towards my chosen charity.

6. My cards, envelopes and bags are made out of recycled paper. My business cards are made out of recycled t-shirts.

7. I source from the UK wherever possible.

8. 10% of my profits go to charities preserving woodlands in the UK, or looking after endangered animals worldwide.

9. I have started re-using old frames from charity stores, instead of ordering new ones, repainting with eco-friendly paint and re-cutting the mounts

10. I will be replacing all of my plastic photo corners with paper ones as soon as the plastic ones run out

I'm aiming to be completely zero waste by the end of 2019.

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Video summary: A video of the beginning part of the process for creating my kaleidoscope of butterflies papercut art print.

Sustainable pen and ink art and hand-drawn maps

Now a Surrey-based artist working out of a home studio, I have been creating nature-inspired artwork for several years, beginning Howell Illustration in 2015. Originally graduating with a degree in Fine Art from the university of Reading, for the last few years I have been developing my detailed pen-and-ink drawings into a colourful clean style that blends vintage and contemporary elements in an eclectic playful mix. Tiny details are my thing.

Having originally started with just black-and-white drawings, I discovered a deep love of colour, and now create posters, art prints and cards that bring an original edge to nature-inspired work, offering pieces that you see something new in every time you look. I adore creating maps in both pen-and-ink and gouache (my new favourite discovery), and consider myself a sustainable artist. With a love of nature driving everything I do, all of my products are now zero waste.

I have illustrated several adult books for publishers including Quercus Books, Heron Books and Jo Fletcher Books, and created art for authors Stephen King, Gregory David Roberts and Kate Atkinson, commissioned by their publishers. My first ever gallery piece ‘Autumn Leaves’ was accepted into the SGFA (Society of Graphic Fine Art) exhibition at the Mall galleries in London, 2020. I am currently writing and illustrating a non-fiction children’s book, aiming to educate children about the wild in the UK.

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