Louise Mulgrew Designs is a teeny tiny paper enterprise in beautiful Brighton, England run by Daughter-and-Dad duo, Louise and Ian (we now FINALLY have a Dad and Daughter photo!!). Our little team has grown to include Mum and excitingly, our very first non-Mulgrews, Cait and Yasmin! Louise is in charge of drawing the beautiful pictures whilst Ian, Cait and Yasmin create the even more beautiful spreadsheets along with a variety of other mysterious numbery things. Mum is helping and learning on the creative and marketing-side and is also well-known and loved at all trade shows!
LMD is nearly three years old and our cards are now stocked in more than 400 independent shops in the UK and around the world as well as supplying amazing nationwide accounts such as John Lewis and Paperchase. Our cards are translated into French, German and Italian and distributed in Switzerland, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand and Italy. Last year we were super excited to have been nominated for three prestigious Henries and ended up winning 'Best Art Range' for our Jungle Tumble collection.
All our designs feature Louise’s original illustrations in her loose, energetic style. Having always loved the physical drawing process, Louise likes to remain true to her traditional roots, maintaining a handmade, hand-drawn feel in all of her designs. Working with pen and ink, watercolour, gouache, acrylics and any of kind of paint she can get her hands on, she combines colourful inky washes, intricate line-work, playful mark-marking and a lot of negative space to create designs that are quirky, colourful and on-trend.
As a self-confessed crazy cat lady and general lover of all animals ever, Louise takes all her inspiration from the animal kingdom; and it's not unusual for her to pop off on an adventure half way across the world at a moment's notice, in pursuit of 'first-hand' sightings and painting sessions... (Tanzania you're next!) Always hoping to prompt a smile from the viewer, her characters are whimsical, happy and generally a bit more flexible than their real-life counterparts. Perfect for celebrating all occasions!
LMD cards are printed on the highest quality, FSC certified, textured board and packaged locally in Sussex. Louise's illustrations are also available to buy as A4 and A3 prints.