Artist Feature Diana Birkett Apr 09 2014

Meet the artists

Today’s artist feature is Diana Birkett, one of our talented artists here at Advocate Art! We love the her delicate use of colour palette and textures creating these beautiful greeting cards. Here’s a quick snippet of her work, you can check out more on her online portfolio. Originally from Nottinghamshire, I gained a BA in Fine Art from Exeter University and a diploma in Textile Design from Somerset College of Arts, leading on to a varied career as a designer spanning just over twenty years. I am just as passionate about surface pattern design as I was when I started and still get a buzz when one of my designs is used on a mug, greeting card or iphone case! My first job after college was designing swimwear in a London studio primarily for the American market, which was a dream job giving me a great training in surface pattern. I later moved into ceramics when I became a surface pattern designer with Royal Doulton in Stoke-on-Trent, another dream job! Subsequently I have designed for a wide variety of products including ceramics, textiles, greetings cards and gift wrap for a diverse customer base including high street shops such as Marks and Spencer and John Lewis,  through to very prestigious clients such as Althorp, Royal Worcester, Wedgwood and The Royal Collection. Designing the commemorative ware for Althorp in 2000 was a highpoint of my career. I have worked in many different media throughout my career, including gouache, batique, air brush, watercolour, inks, lots of collage and in recent years Photoshop using my trusty Wacom tablet. My designs range from intricate and traditional to quirky and modern. I now work from my home in the beautiful Cheshire countryside where I live with my husband Ian, my son Sam and our cat Buster.