I’ve never been a massively outdoorsy person, especially not as a child. Instead, I would fill my days with scrapbooking, making collages out of old magazines and wrapping paper. I did, however, discover the world through my family’s love of travelling, having been fortunate enough to travel from a relatively young age. A couple of years ago, we spent four days trekking through the Andes Mountains on the Inca trail in pursuit of Machu Picchu, before then heading to the rainforest to stay in a hut in the middle of the Amazon. The two months I spent solo in Copenhagen showed me how the better half live, rediscovering the joy and ease of hopping on a bike rather than in a car, rather idealistically filling the basket with organic produce and Danish rye bread. These trips have given me such a deep appreciation of our planet – as well as an incurable case of wanderlust. Whilst I know travelling, especially by plane, is one of the biggest contributors to carbon emissions, I am a big advocate of how exploring the world can inspire a curiosity in how we are impacting our planet. Now, I make sure to do my bit when flying - offsetting my carbon and filling my hand luggage with my trusty orange Chilly’s bottle, reusable bags and beauty bottles.
Moving to university to study Graphic Communication meant the opportunity to combine my love for sustainability with creativity. Quickly, my work became focused on mindful eating, food waste and social documentation; my final year project being a study into the misconception surrounding food banks and how and why they are being used in my university city of Bath. Leaving university with the plan to freelance as an illustrator, I devised a list of dream companies, all with an ethical focus, and a commitment to only working with brands, magazines and companies that echo my own principles - a design job at Eco-Age essentially being the pinnacle of this! My drawings have quickly become more political, promoting sustainability and living consciously in a way that could be seen as softer than the shouting of opinions; illustrations of committed beach cleaners intrigued people in a way that describing my time volunteering perhaps would not.