I have long been a fan of Gemma’s playful illustrations which reflect the wild Northumberland countryside that she calls home. She has created a range of greeting cards and prints as well as the illustrations for the Wild Swimming book with Flora Jamieson, available in the Paper Goods section.
Inspired by nature, nostalgia and simplicity, Gemma’s work begins by hand with gouache, ink and the occasional colour pencil, and is driven by the desire to capture little moments of calm and joy, recreating the familiar and domestic into elements of magical possibility.
Her love of painting and drawing began as a child when she would spend her days in an imaginary world created with crayons and pencils on the backs of her artist father’s rejected screenprints, on walls and underneath furniture. Gemma went on to study fine art photography at Glasgow School of Art, go on to complete a whirlwind Masters in illustration and continue to work as a photographer, web designer and occasional illustrator in between raising children. through the years, the love of drawing and painting remained, and inspired her to start illustrating freelance full-time.
Gemma loves plants, birds, rambling walks and tea in the sunshine, and is inspired by vintage paraphernalia, old black and white photography, time spent in nature and conversations with her two young daughters. follow her work on instagram: @gemmakoomen.