Illustrator & Designer Katherine Hardy

Katherine Hardy is an illustration graduate from Camberwell and the Royal College of Art.

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‘To me, illustration is about combining beautiful colours with a message and the right font to communicate an idea. My work has mainly been applied to the publishing and music industries, but these jobs never seem like work, because they are my favourite things anyway.

Last year I did a bag for Daunt Books, it was great to see one of my designs out and about rather than being cooped up on a bookshelf. I’ve just finished some murals for OvO’s new offices and one of my favourite commissions was to design a poster for the New Dawn Traders who import rum chocolate and coffee from the Caribbean to Cornwall by tall ship. Yo ho-ho! That’s the great thing about illustration, you never know where it will take you.’

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‘I got into illustration through a love of music posters. I also used to work in a cinema, so film, especially the classics has had a great influence, I particularly like the oddity of David Lynch. Illustrator wise I think René Gruau was very clever with his use of colour and form. I also admire the design and typography of posters from the 20’s and 30s.’

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‘I am currently designing a record cover for Ruby Rae, a great noir-influenced rockabilly band from Brooklyn. Their third album, The Uncanny, features a song inspired by the silver-screen actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr who can be seen on the poster I made for the Rockwood Music Hall. ‘


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