Artist in the spotlight: Katie Farrell from Mabel Fox

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In the lead up to our Summer Pop-Up event on the 10th of June we asked our artists and makers with a few questions in order to gain an insight into their practices. Katie Farrell from Mabel Fox is the artist in the spotlight for this post. Katie’s enchanting lino cuts are a treat – they will be available to buy at the Pop-Up event so come and see them for yourself.


Describe your work in three words:

Enchanting – Scandinavian – Art

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Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you?

I think that owning a handmade item means more than something mass produced, it feels more personal and special. Every one of my prints will be slightly different as they are all hand burnished, I think their imperfections add to their charm.

What will you be selling at our Eclectic Mix pop up event on 10th June?

Hand burnished, limited edition, lino cut prints of woodland and garden creatures, either framed or unframed. I will also have small versions of these prints, framed in simple white frames, great gifts! There will be greetings cards, bags and cushions featuring my prints, plus aprons and tea towels.

What’s the best part of making what you do? And the worst?

When I make a print with a new linocut design for the first time, seeing it in different colours is so exciting. Then to see the reaction from the person the print is named after, that is priceless. The worst part is mounting and framing the prints, bit laborious but worth it in the end.

Where do you get your inspiration?

After designing a linocut print for my newest niece’s christening– Evelyn Bunny – I was inspired to design a print for each of my children, nieces and nephews, for example; Daniel Fox, Connor Wolf, Edward Squirrel and Charlie Mouse. My style is influenced by Scandinavian Folk art.

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New Student Volunteers: Lauren Wilson

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Eclectic Mix Cambridge is very happy to welcome Cecelia Wood and Lauren Wilson to their team. They are both illustration students at the Cambridge School of Art and will be volunteering in the run up to the summer pop-up. They are also organising the student area at the event.
They are both very talented illustrators with a passion for making and will tell a little bit about themselves in the following posts.

About me- Lauren Wilson

I am a multi-disciplinary illustrator and designer hailing from the small market town of Beverley in the North East of England. You’ll often find me at a messy desk mistakenly sipping from a mug of murky paint water instead of the cup of tea beside it- artists everywhere can relate.

My desk space
My desk space

I choose to define illustration in the broadest sense and by no means work within the constraints of pen and paper. In order to be as creative as possible I enjoy working across all realms of design from textiles to film and printmaking to curation. My long founded love for folk and naïve art has informed my practice over time. For me, drawing is a form of play, it has to be fun and it has to not take itself too seriously. Folk art taught me that a great image always strikes the right balance between the subversive and the light-hearted…and that wonky lines are okay!

Combination mono and lino print
Combination mono and lino print

When my time isn’t occupied by a creative endeavor I enjoy spending it watching or reading historical drama, mainly to lust over period costume and wish ball gowns and petticoats were still the norm. I’m also a keen baker so when I don’t have inky hands I probably have floury ones.

To see more of my work and find out about my current projects follow the below link to my website or follow my Instagram laurenwilson_illustrations