‘Get in over your head as often and as joyfully as possible.’
My Big Break came in the early 80’s when Tina Brown hired me to work in the art department at Tatler magazine, I rose up to head the department and continued to Art Direct magazines for the next 15 years. During this time I had the good fortune to work with some incredibly talented Editors, Writers, Photographers and Illustrators.
I was then asked to work with the chef John Torode on his first cookery book (before telly fame came along), according to John I ‘dived in at the deep end with a glorious mix of originality, naivety and disregard for rules’ and so began a run of nearly 20 years working with London publishers. During this time I’ve always had my own small studio, usually just me and a very patient assistant.
I am in my element collaborating with chefs, authors of all descriptions, writers, home economists, fashion designers, photographers, prop stylists, illustrators, graphic designers, picture researchers, make up artists, fashion editors, editors, sub editors, retouchers, pre press and, of course, printers
Studied Graphic and Information Design at Stafford College of Art.
Several jobs as Typographer in London Design studios.
Assistant Art Director at Tatler magazine, eventually appointed Art Director in 1986.
Moved to Art Direct Harpers & Queen magazine (they now call it Bazaar).
Recalled to Tatler to Art Direct relaunch.
At the same time and beyond worked for Hong Kong retailer Joyce Ma, Art Directing her quarterly fashion magazine called Joyce.
Moved on to specialise in illustrated books with a brief fling as Art Director at ES magazine along the way. Several books winning awards in the Guild of Food Writers and André Simon awards.
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