Illustration

I am a printmaker and designer based in York, UK. I create linocut prints and hand drawn illustrations for commercial commissions.
 

My illustrations are primarily inspired by nature and landscapes. Projects have included National Trust’s Sutton Hoo, the BASF The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability, book covers and editorial illustrations. My 30 year design career has provided me with the skills to understand the target customer and successfully interpret design briefs. 

The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability - BASF in Agriculture

Linocut illustrations for National Trust’s Sutton Hoo
The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability - BASF in Agriculture

 

Linocut illustration for BASF’s sustainability competition. The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability celebrates the work that farmers do to reach their sustainability targets and recognise how growers will improve sustainability in the next twenty years.

The illustration is composed of 16 individual linocut prints. Each quadrant of the plate depicts a season in the farming year and the natural cycle of farming; cultivation, planting, protection and harvesting. See how I created the linocut prints in my Rawcliffe Bridge Award blog

 

The linocut illustration has been used across a range of media, including The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability plate. See the animated illustration on the Farmers Weekly website. For more information and to enter, visit The Rawcliffe Bridge Award for Sustainability. 

Commissioned by and graphic design by The Chase Creative Consultants. 

Testimonial

"Our brief to Michelle was to illustrate the cycle of farming, paying particular attention to the balance of a productive arable farm with sustainable wildlife management.

 

It was clear from our first meeting with Michelle that she was the ideal fit for this project. Not only from a stylistic point of view, but also how she pushed the brief.

 

Michelle was simply fantastic to work with – she kept us informed along every step of the way. Her suggestions and expertise made the final outcome, a commemorative award, a project that we are truly proud of and something that will be cherished by the future winner."

 

Thomas McInally, The Chase Creative Consultants.

 
Linocut illustrations for National Trust’s Sutton Hoo

A series of 12 linocut illustrations were created using the linocut techniques. They illustrate the story of Sutton Hoo from the Anglo-Saxons through to present day. This includes archeology, history, human interaction, landscape, nature and local wildlife.

See how I created each of the linocut prints in a series of five blogs, starting with Part 1. Sutton Hoo, National Trust: Linocut illustrations commission.

Commissioned by and graphic design by Design by Journal.

Testimonial

“We came to Michelle with an idea to tell the story of Sutton Hoo and its landscape through illustrative relief prints – how nature and people have left their mark there for thousands of years. She really bought into the brief from the very first conversations – she asked the right questions and helped us to develop an ambitious project on a tight deadline and budget.

 

She wholeheartedly threw herself at the project – working tirelessly and meticulously to translate sketches into beautifully intricate prints. Throughout the creative process, Michelle was a joy to partner with and her enthusiasm shows in the end result. We were (and still are!) thrilled with the illustrations, which really showcase Michelle’s craft and bring our vision to life perfectly. They are exactly what we had hoped for – a set of illustrations with a genuine, hand-crafted quality which cannot be achieved by any other means.” 

 

Paul Spencer, Design by Journal