Who is Lisa Kirkbride?

Hello. I’m Lisa - an independent illustrator and pattern designer based in the north east of England. 

I live in Whitley Bay with my husband, Greg, and our daughter, Lily.  We’re very fortunate; our home is on the sea front so we enjoy stunning scenery overlooking the shoreline.  Although being based in the North East, thanks to a wonderful little thing called technology, I can work with clients anywhere in the world – so long as they’ve got a phone and decent internet connection, there’s no brief too big or small for me.

Will we have seen any of your work before?

Potentially – yes.  I’ve been commissioned to create pieces for brands across the region and beyond.  

My portfolio includes work with consumer companies, such as creating the branding and packaging for a candle company that stocks and sells its products world-wide, to an online confectioner selling its yummy goods across the UK.  

I’ve also been heavily involved in a number of place and destination campaigns across the North East, coming up with creative concepts for the award-winning Virtual Lumiere, Durham, as well as designing programmes and posters for a beautiful boutique theatre.

What are you career highlights?

Having worked in the design industry for 20 years since graduating from university, there are probably too many to mention.  That said, some recent achievements I’m particularly proud of are being named as a semi-finalist in the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search and making the final 8 in the MIID Printsource 2016 competition, as well as having my work featured in Uppercase Magazine and Design Crumbs.

This year I exhibited at Surtex in New York as part of a collective of other creatives, known as Finch and Foxglove. This was a very inspiring experience and a great way to make new contacts and meet fellow artists.

How would you describe your style?

I’d describe my style as being vibrant and fun.  I use clean vectors and bold colour combinations to create something that really stands out from the crowd.  I’m inspired by clean lines, Scandinavian design and 1950s vintage patterns.   My work is driven by my love for creating patterns – especially florals – while exploring new colour combinations that catch the eye. Ultimately, I love to make art that makes people smile.

What’s your working process?

It totally depends on the brief.  I normally start with a hand-drawn sketch and then go from there, creating art both digitally and using more traditional methods.  It’s about taking inspiration from my surroundings (being based on the seafront, I’m never short of a spot of inspiration!) and then experimenting with different tools and techniques, to create something that is bold yet beautiful – and of course on brief.

What do you do in your spare time?

I’m a book lover, doodler and collector of letterpress type.  I’m also a self-confessed linocutting and stationery addict and have an unhealthy obsession for art materials – it’s just the creative in me!  Away from work, I enjoy exploring the countryside with my family in our fabulous VW campervan, affectionately known as Betsy.  

That said I very rarely switch off during down-time; while out and about on our travels, my artistic eye is always on the look-out for inspiration to take home to my next design project.  Nature and especially floral designs are a big stimulus for me and my work, so country walks are the perfect opportunity to combine my two loves – family and creativity!

How can we get in touch with you for more information?

Great – I’m more than happy to talk to anyone who may be interested in my work.  I welcome new commissions, freelance work and licensing opportunities.  If you are interested or need more information, whether it’s to discuss existing designs or bespoke designs, please get in touch with me.