“This collection is called ‘It began with a Roar’ and is a celebration of the beauty in the natural world, inspired by a recent trip to San Diego. I wanted to share my journey through Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo, focussing on the majestic qualities of the plants and animals found there. The colour palette is inspired by my photography with an emphasis on the bright blue skies, lush greenery and exotic plants. Utilising a range of traditional medium as a starting point including inks, acrylic, watercolour and collage to create a range of furnishing fabrics, wallpapers and tiles for Children’s Interiors.

With a background in Printed Textile Design, I have over 11 years of Industry experience, including six years designing prints for women’s fashion accessories in New York City, as Senior Print Designer and Brand Manager at Collection 18. I am comfortable working in an incredibly fast paced creative environment. After relocating back to the UK in 2013, I became Head of Creative for an iOS App Company. Involved in managing, training and recruiting an in house de­sign team and Freelance Designers. Responsible for all imagery, including greeting card designs and assets for websites, social media sites, and apps. I’m currently a Freelance Designer and a Visiting Tutor, and I’ve taught at a number of Higher Education institutions including Arts University Bournemouth and Southampton Solent University.

I’d been working commercially for a long time; generating the best possible outcomes as quickly as possible to meet a client brief. My MA in Illustration has been a fantastic opportunity for me to redefine my practice, update my portfolio and gain new industry contacts.”

Find out more on Charlotte’s website or follow her on Instagram: @charlottemckew

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