We are dead chuffed to be working with local illustrator Sven Shaw for our latest collaboration. Sven’s work has been showcased throughout Yorkshire, including Leeds University, the National Media Museum in Bradford, Saltaire Arts Trail, Shipley College, Bramble Bakehouse in Leeds, Keighley Arts Factory and more, so you might even recognise some of his designs on our latest products.
“Growing up in Yorkshire, a lot of my work has a local flavour. I am interested in the Yorkshire dialect, landscape, history and culture, which all feeds back into my work. And the water makes great tea, obviously.”
Residing in Baildon, West Yorkshire, you can instantly recognise the influence that living in the north has on his work. One of his favourite places to visit is Trig Point on Baildon Moor which provides “great panoramic views of the area, with the rolling hills, moorland, sandstone houses and mills all in view, it typifies all that is beautiful about the county for me.”
Sven has enjoyed drawing since he was a child, and always knew that he wanted to get into the creative industries. Since leaving university in 2005, he has pursued various design and illustration jobs and has worked as a part-time freelance illustrator since 2016.
Sven’s illustration style has a very playful nature, with influences from children’s books by Martin Handford (Where’s Wally?) and Anthony Browne (Gorilla) featuring many minute details and a good sense of humor. He describes his own style as “cluttered fun”, and has created work for prints, t-shirts, tea towels and other products, as well as just for his own amusement. All work is initially hand drawn with pen and ink before being coloured digitally.
You can check out Sven’s designs in our online shop and using the links below.