Petra Blahova grew up in Prague, Czech Republic and moved to Belfast in 2007 before moving to study at Cumbria in graphic design.
‘I like working in graphic design, illustration and typography. I particularly enjoy experimenting with different media in typography. I work as a graphic designer in Lake District but in my spare time I like to work on my own design which includes Children’s books, lino-cut print, screen-print and embroidery.
My inspiration and ideas come from everywhere – a conversation with friend, nature, architecture as well as other graphic & illustrative artworks. Although most of my work looks very digital, I always create everything on paper first. I can’t just go on the computer straight away. Doodling is the main process of my work.’
‘I’m currently working on a few projects. I’m creating a map of Prague. The purpose of the map is an illustrative tourist guide. I was inspired by maps made by Herb Lester Associates. Another project I’m working on is a screen-printed book about a grumpy cat called Cakpuss. In the near future I hope to create a lino-cut printed book about Czech culture.’