Kate Mawdsley

I was brought up in Northwest England and moved to London to study art at Middlesex University. From there, my career began in textile design; I was creating floral patterns for many major high street stores such as Top Shop, Dorothy Perkins and Debenhams. I began as an illustrator, by accident rather than design, when retailer Boots licensed some of my floral designs for use on gift-wrap. After a couple of years, I found that I had moved out of the fashion industry and became a full time illustrator, mostly for greetings cards and wrap.

I really enjoyed the freedom of working on a much wider subject matter. I still do floral designs from time to time, but now I am probably best known for cat, dog and Christmas images.

I originally had two dogs, Rosie, a fox terrier and Florence, a cocker spaniel, which frequently appeared in my work. They were really quite famous and have been featured on Christmas cards, mugs, tea towels, tapestry kits and even framed art. I now have a black cat, called Rudolph, who just arrived at our door one Christmas eve and moved in. He is also featured in my work.

I like to experiment with new styles and mediums all the time. I think that the secret of remaining commercial is the ability to move on to new ideas. I work in both a traditional way with washy watercolours and detailed acrylics and also in a graphic style with my Apple Mac using both Illustrator and Photoshop programs. I’m occasionally asked if I represent many artists and I have to reply “no”. I’m just a bit schizophrenic when it comes to styles. Variety is the spice of life they say!

Kate Mawdsley

Designer Collections

Tree House,Moonbeams and Rainbows,Blast Off Into Space,Shoe Love is True Love,Daddy and Me,Day Dreamers,Hay Day,*Go-Go