Tell us about yourself and a fun fact
I’m Lisa Kirkbride – a graphic designer, illustrator and surface pattern designer living in sunny Whitley Bay. Originally from Yorkshire, I came up to the North East for University and loved it so much, I never left!
My illustration and surface pattern style is heavily influenced by my background in graphic design and this is reflected in my designs which are bold, vibrant and fun. I’m inspired by Scandinavian design and 1950s vintage fabrics and wall coverings. Ultimately, I love to make art that makes people smile.
For several years I have exhibited in New York and San Francisco – a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding experience, meeting both new clients and industry experts. As a result I have seen my designs on products in the US – on anything from greeting cards, gift bags, bolt & quilting fabric to stamps and pattern papers for the craft market and children’s wear. In the UK I have been commissioned to create designs for brands across the region and further afield, including packaging, fabric design, illustrated prints, gifts and confectionery.
Fun Fact: When I was around 13-14 years old I attended art classes at David Hockney’s sister’s house. They were run by her partner Ken who was so generous with his time, knowledge and art materials. I remember they had the most amazing paintings by Hockney on the walls around the house and I’ve been a fan ever since.
What made you get into the world of artwork and creativity?
When I was small I was always found drawing, colouring and loved anything creative. My degree was in Graphic Design and I have worked in the industry since graduating, designing for businesses of all sizes across all sorts of industries – I enjoy the variety – every day is different. Whilst I create most of my art digitally, I have an unhealthy love of art materials and stationery – I’m not sure you can ever have enough stationery!
Where do you get your inspiration from when creating new artwork?
A lot of my inspiration comes from the outdoors, the flora and fauna around us and books – I love books. I also research online and often get lost down the rabbit hole of Pinterest!
What has been your favourite project to work on?
I’m not sure I could narrow it down to one project. I love illustrating to all sorts of briefs, especially anything floral and for me I would say that’s my happy place. I really enjoy creating patterns too – there’s nothing more satisfying as seeing designs come to life on finished products. Having said that, I was so excited to be asked to design and paint a Snowman for The Snowman & Snowdog Trail around North Tyneside last year. There was a 12 days of Christmas theme and I loved covering my snowman in a partridge and a colourful, bold pear, floral and leaf pattern.
Small indie businesses shout out! Please name your fave three small indie businesses.
Hard to pick just 3 but here are some of my faves…
Tori Lo – beautiful leather bags, purses and accessories
Kirsty Elson – a driftwood artist creating really cool little houses that are full of character
Tatty Devine – Maybe not so small but I love their bold, colourful jewellery and recently bought a fig necklace which I’m in love with
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