Laura Barrett
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Laura Barrett

Freelance IllustratorSouth London, UK
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Laura Barrett

Freelance IllustratorSouth London, UK
About me
I’m Laura- an illustrator based in South London, specialising in intricate silhouette illustrations and decorative monochrome patterns. I am represented by The Artworks in the UK and Mendola Art in the US. With over 14 years of industry experience, I've worked with a variety of international clients within the fields of publishing, packaging & surface design, animation and large-scale illustrations for museums, graphic installations & exhibitions. I predominantly work in design and publishing; illustrating packaging, children's picture books and book covers for all ages. I’ve created artwork for brands including the BBC, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Taschen and Penguin Random House. With an emphasis on storytelling, my work is inspired by the darker side of folk and fairy tales, as well as traditional Scherenschnitte (paper cutting). I like to explore these themes using silhouettes, which I create by drawing with a graphics tablet straight in to Adobe Illustrator. I love to work in striking black and white, though I'm just as comfortable using colour when a project calls for it. Selected Client List: BBC / Marks & Spencer / Ted Baker / Marchesa / Toni & Guy / Yardley London / John Lewis & Waitrose / Cornish Orchards / Silent Pool Gin / Taschen / Andersen Press / Penguin Random House / Hachette / Little, Brown / Macmillan / Vintage Books / Scholastic / The Guardian / The Evening Standard / Radio Times / The Times / Science Museum / Brighton Festival / British Heart Foundation / Cath Tate Cards / The Maybourne Hotel Group and many more… Beauty Seen PR / Chapter / Candy & Candy / Damn Fine Media / D2 Interactive / Interstate / Open Fundraising / Outlaw / SeymourPowell / Studio Arc
Projects
  • FABIAN REVIEW
    FABIAN REVIEWShining a Light: a cover for the December issue focusing on women’s safety.
  • The Amazing Mr Blunden
    The Amazing Mr BlundenIllustrated cover commissioned by Little, Brown for the upcoming Sky TV Christmas adaptation of The Amazing Mr Blunden. Design by Charlotte Stroomer.
  • Cornish Orchards
    Cornish OrchardsI was commissioned by Outlaw design agency to create illustrations for Cornish Orchards’ new cider packaging. Design and art direction by Outlaw. The illustrations are inspired by the expansive canopy of trees at the Cornish Orchards apple farm in Duloe, Cornwall.
  • Marks & Spencer
    Marks & SpencerI was thrilled to be commissioned by Marks & Spencer to create two illustrated scenes to be printed around their Christmas gin liqueurs. The bottles are snow globes- the gin contains edible gold leaf and feature an LED light in the base, so when shaken they become snowy landscapes. I was tasked with illustrating a winter wonderland of animals and trees, and a festive high street scene, including a little M&S shopfront! Photos © Marks & Spencer.
  • Orchard Books: The Snow Queen Classic Pop Up and Play
    Orchard Books: The Snow Queen Classic Pop Up and PlayMy first illustrated gift book for Orchard Books. Taking inspiration from Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale The Snow Queen, I worked with the wonderful team at Orchard to create a concertina format, featuring a laser cut pop up castle and stand up figures to play with, that comes complete with foiling and metallic inks. Beautifully designed by Izzy Jones and edited by Sue Buswell.
  • The Beloved Girls
    The Beloved GirlsCover illustration and endpapers for Harriet Evans’ new novel, The Beloved Girls, published on 19th August by Headline books. Art direction by Yeti Lambregts.
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    IllustratorLaura Barrett Illustration
    London, United KingdomFreelance
    I'm an illustrator based in South London, specialising in intricate and decorative silhouette illustrations and monochrome patterns. Since graduating from University of the Arts London and with over 14 years of industry experience, I've worked with a variety of international clients, particularly within the fields of publishing, packaging & surface design, animation and large-scale illustrations for graphic installations & exhibitions. Selected Client List: BBC / Marks & Spencer / Ted Baker / Marchesa / Toni & Guy / Yardley London / John Lewis & Waitrose / Cornish Orchards / Silent Pool Gin / Taschen / Andersen Press / Penguin Random House / Hachette / Little, Brown / Macmillan / Vintage Books / Scholastic / The Guardian / The Evening Standard / Radio Times / The Times / Science Museum / Brighton Festival / British Heart Foundation / Cath Tate Cards / The Maybourne Hotel Group and many more… Design Agencies: Beauty Seen PR / Chapter / Candy & Candy / Damn Fine Media / D2 Interactive / Interstate / Open Fundraising / Outlaw / SeymourPowell / Studio Arc Awards & Nominations: CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal: longlisted for Blueblood (2022) British Book Design & Production Awards: shortlisted for The Snow Queen in the Children's Trade 0-8 Years category (2019) Books Are My Bag Readers Awards: Shortlisted in the Beautiful Books category for Bookworm (2018) Society of Illustrators Los Angeles, Illustration West 57: Winner in the Book category for Bookworm and The Toymakers book covers (2018)
Skills
  • Packaging
  • Publishing
  • Drawing
  • Editorial
  • Illustration
  • Illustrator
  • Pattern
  • Silhouette
  • Design
  • Storytelling
Education
    BA(Hons) Graphic Design
     - London, United Kingdom