In the next of our Meet The Maker Series we meet Hannah Bailey, a Bristol based illustrator and artist.
Hi Hannah! Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
I started illustrating stories and making up little books from the moment I was big enough to hold a pencil. Since then I have always loved to draw and make, and working as an illustrator allows me to do what I love. I studied illustration in Brighton and moved to Bristol, where I now feel very at home.
What inspires your creations?
I love maps and games. My work is often based on wordplays or puzzles, and inspired by gardens, imagined landscapes and nature.
What do you feel makes your work unique?
I think the process involved in making my work is unusual. I use a mixture of stencils and cut-outs to create shapes, and add detail on top in ink. Sometimes it takes me ten attempts to get it right, as each time I use a stencil it looks different. It's very time consuming but I'm not interested in finding a shortcut - I enjoy it.
Is being based in Bristol important to your work?
Bristol is fantastic place to be an artist. It's impossible to feel like a lonely illustrator as there are so many likeminded people. I feel lucky to live somewhere where everybody is very supportive of independent businesses and local artists.
If you were to give one of your products as a gift, what would it be and why?
I would like to give a print I made called 'Compost is Beautiful'. Although compost isn't traditionally thought of as beautiful, this drawing celebrates the beauty of natural things and casts a different light on what we throw away!
What is the best thing about being a local business?
I enjoy being free to do work that I am proud of and enjoy. Also it's all about what the customers like and making things that other people find joy in, is wonderful.
What products from other makers on The Bristol Shop do you like?
There is such a great and diverse range of products it's hard to choose. For myself, I love the acorn laser cut earrings by Jenny MacKendrick and the bike tyre belts by Katcha Bilek are a brilliant idea.
What has been your greatest success as an independent business?
Last year a map that I drew of Rukwa, Tanzania for a charity called White Ribbon Alliance was presented to Desmond Tutu as a gift. It was a proud moment.
What aspect of your work do you particularly love?
I love seeing it in print and seeing other people enjoy it.