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Kate Sutton, the illustrator who redesigns nature

A pencil in love with nature’s animals and vegetals, re-observed with joyful fantasy. The hand guiding the pencil belongs to Kate Sutton, always ready to offer new emotions to be explored, drawing by drawing, and even to be worn.

If such a thing as a woman’s way of illustrating the infinite variations of nature’s flora and fauna exists, the English illustrator Kate Sutton is a perfect example. Woodland animals, from owls to hedgehogs, but also dogs and cats, pigeons and peacocks, fawns and teddy bears, and then plants, trees and leaves, botanical tables inspired by herbariums but much more fantastical, flowering gardens and cuckoo clocks… Kate Sutton always surprises us.

Her graphic style is unmistakable: a unique blend of precise observation of reality with an almost naif imagination that transports us to an enchanted dimension swirling with aesthetic and narrative richness.

 

An imagination with delicate and subtly surreal tones, never repetitive, beautiful to look at but also to wear. Hardly surprising, therefore, that Kate Sutton has created illustrations used for various bags, backpacks and travel bags produced by LeSportsac, thus allowing countless women to carry out their everyday tasks accompanied by the lightness of a creative universe animated by thousands of fantastical, playful and joyful figures and things, often fascinating in their originality.

A vibrant realm of inventive precision that has inevitably found many uses in publishing, starting with children’s books. Today Kate has collaborated with publishers of the calibre of Penguin and Usborne Books, as well as with magazines such as Readymade Magazine, Cooler Magazine, Bust Magazine and others.

 

Given her extraordinary passion for nature, and its constant influence on her illustrations, it is hardly surprising that among Kate Sutton’s admirers is the Royal Horticultural Society, one of the most famous and important institutions in Great Britain dedicated to horticulture and gardening.

When she is not drawing, she loves long distance running, practising yoga, learning French, drinking tea and… talking to her cats. But above all she loves travelling, leaving Cheshire, in north-western England, where she lives and works, to travel in search of inspiration, anywhere and everywhere. Which she finds – need we say it? – in the landscapes and the endlessly inventive beauty of the animal and vegetal kingdoms.

 

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Kate Sutton, the illustrator who redesigns nature
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A pencil in love with nature’s animals and vegetals, re-observed with joyful fantasy. The hand guiding the pencil belongs to Kate Sutton, always ready to offer new emotions to be explored, drawing by drawing, and even to be worn.
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