Featured Artist: Harriet Staniforth

Harriet Staniforth’s work combines a graphic sense of design with a an urge to get messy and experiment.

Quickly-cut card is collaged on and layer on top is a rapid combination of wonky marks and sporadic textures creating a style which is slap-dash in the best way possible!

The process of creating Harriet’s work is most likely much more thought-through and laborious than this but still there is a definite sense of eagerness and speed to her work – each shape and mark and excitable addition to a fast growing image.

During the summer, Harriet graduated from Kingston University where she studied Illustration and Animation. Since graduating, she has built upon her portfolio with a number of projects, with commissions including being asked to contribute to The Pendulum – a riso-printed publication which combines beautiful written word and imagery.

Commenting on social issues is a theme which runs throughout many of Harriet’s projects. Her final project at Kingston was a hand printed skirt commenting on the atrocities of the cotton industry past and present and Drawing to an End – a film she created which raises awareness for the impending problem of overpopulation – won the 2015 Creative Conscience Award. Her bold style leaves plenty of room for thought and makes each of her concepts clear and all the more poignant.

Whether it is quick thoughts – like her inspired idea for bringing cover illustrations back to Vogue – or concepts examining environmental issues, all Harriet’s projects are edgy, concise and clever.



Posted on Dec 9th, 15 by

Greg McIndoe - also known as Headless Greg - is an illustrator and design writer based in Glasgow, Scotland. He regularly writes for design magazines and online platforms, interviewing fellow illustrators and leading creatives.

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