Illustrated cards, art prints and books.

Bath, England
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Last updated on 13 Jul, 2022

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Ruth Thorp

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Ruth Thorp


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5 out of 5 stars


Sales 4,629
On Etsy since 2011

Designer, illustrator, writer of children's books and maker of cards with a big laugh!

With a passion for design and a first class honours degree in Architecture from the University of Bath, I founded Ruth Thorp Studio as a base for all of my current and future creative ventures, in particular offering my services as an illustrator and designer.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always spent time making, creating and producing art. Coming from a very creative family, I was extremely lucky to be surrounded by great design, beautiful books and interesting people and I’m happy to say that I still work very closely with my family on a host of projects, some of which you will find in my shop here!

Having worked for 10 years as an architectural designer and illustrator at a busy Landscape Architect's practice whilst developing my own personal creative skills and projects on the side and after completing the 'Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design' online course, I began producing a product line of illustrations, selling them as cards and paper products online, in shops and at local markets. That gradually grew until I was able to leave my job in 2016 to pursue Ruth Thorp Studio full time.

I am pleased to say that it has transformed my life. It is my natural instinct to dive head first into exploring new ideas, learning new skills, drawing inspiration from my surroundings and embracing new ways of looking at things.

My ethos of design parallels my belief that a life should be built on happiness, a sense of pride and worth which can touch others in a positive light. Ultimately, I feel that design across different disciplines should focus on people, meeting the needs of the user and creating products that inspire, work and function efficiently and can be enjoyed. I hope that this shows through in my work which often has a strong emphasis on complex colours combined with bold graphics, both hand-drawn and vector based, that is clean and well considered and holds a sense of fun and energy.

I am inspired by brave, simple design and love to play with colour, bold graphics and minimalist layouts to create beautiful pieces that make people smile. Most of my work is inspired by the natural world and the spirit of adventure!

Shop members

  • Ruth Thorp

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a designer, illustrator and creator of books! I am inspired by brave, simple design and love to play with colour, bold graphics and minimalist layouts to create beautiful pieces that make people smile.

  • Sarah Mahfoudh


    Sarah is a writer, editor, and dance instructor living in Oxfordshire with her partner, Sam, and their daughters, Freya and Ellie. She is the author of Lilly Mae, a rhyming picture book which has been illustrated by her sister Ruth.

  • Steve Thorp


    Steve is a writer, independent therapist and educator whose 'soul-making' work is breaking new ground in exploring ways of supporting people in their wellbeing, development, creativity and activism.

  • Mary Thorp


    Mary is a designer and maker with a passion for simple, pared back design.

Production partners

  • Deanprint Ltd

    Stockport, England

    Deanprint Ltd are specialists in printing and bookbinding.

  • dStudio

    United Kingdom

    Fine art giclée printing.

  • Gomer Press Ltd.

    Wales, United Kingdom

    Gomer Press are a fourth generation family run printing and binding business with an emphasis on quality, service and technical excellence. Established in 1892 they now operate from modern purpose-built premises in mid-Wales.

  • Ripe Digital

    Corsham, England

    High quality digital printers based in Corsham

  • Whitehall Printing

    Bristol, England

    Whitehall Printing is an award-winning, family-owned commercial printing company based in Bristol. Whitehall Printing was an early crusader of sustainable print, achieving FSC® Certification over ten years ago and they maintain the internationally recognised ISO 14001:2004 ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARD.

Shop policies

Last updated on 09 May, 2022
Welcome to Ruth Thorp Studio. My shop sells beautiful handmade paper goods and cards, illustrated art prints and books! My illustrations and designs are colourful, graphical and bold and made with care and attention in the UK. Most of my design work is inspired by incredible landscapes and a sense of adventure.

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I hope on receiving your order that you are happy with your product, but if you find any problems with your purchase please contact me immediately and I will do everything I can to resolve the issue.

Products may be returned or exchanged within 14 days of delivery. Please contact me if you wish to return any items before sending them, and include a note within the package with information of your order.

I will only accept returns of un-used and undamaged goods which are returned in the same condition as sent. I would recommend sending any returns via an insured trackable courier or postal service as I will not take responsibility for any items lost or damaged in transit. On receiving the goods, and confirming the product is in perfect condition, I will refund you for the full product amount. I cannot refund shipping cost for any returned items.

For bespoke and made-to order products, refunds will only be offered for a faulty or incorrect item. I am, however, happy to offer an exchange for another product in store.
I will endeavour to send all 'ready-made' products within three working days* of receiving payment, unless otherwise stated.

For custom items including large A2 and A1 prints or high quantity orders lead times will be longer and I will advise on this when contacted.
Shipping fees are shown on each item. Orders within the UK will generally be sent by first class royal mail. For larger orders, I may send via recorded delivery. For all other countries please refer to the shipping prices on the item page.

All items are shipped in well-sealed, plastic free or recycled protective packaging.

Note: I cannot be held responsible for any delay in postage once the order has been sent and for international orders, as the buyer, you will be responsible for any additional fees that may be charged at customs.
I’m committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should I ask you to provide certain information then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

When purchasing products through my online shops, firstly thank you very much(!) and secondly to fulfil your order, you must provide me with certain information (which you authorised Etsy to provide to me), such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, and the details of the product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide me with additional personal information (for a custom order print for example), if you contact me directly. Further information on the etsy privacy policy can be found here: PRIVACY POLICY I’m committe

Why I Need Your Information and How I Use It:

I rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:

- as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;

- when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;

- if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and

- as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as compliance with the Etsy and Folksy Seller Policies and Terms of Use.

Information Sharing and Disclosure:

Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.

Service providers: I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.

Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements.

How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Ruth Thorp, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at ruth [!at]

Ruth Thorp Studio may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 12th May 2018.