After completing a degree in 3D design at Brighton Poly I illustrated for the Body Shop, painted murals and then changed tack and taught primary aged children until the birth of my daughter. We moved to Bermuda for 3 years where I sold collages and paintings through local art galleries. When we returned to the UK, I painted botanical images for a ceramics company and then when my son began full time school, I started up The Square Card Company which later became Kali Stileman Publishing.
My children are my greatest inspiration and my fiercest critics. They have come up with lots of ideas and it was Finn that designed the monster and peacock cards when he was ten.
In recent years I have been writing and illustrating books for Random House. peely wally was a surprising success and was shortlisted for the red house book awards 2012 and has been selected to go in the bookstart bags that all children in the UK receive at eighteen months. time for tea polly wally, the sequal was released a year later. I have also illustrated the big book of nursery rhymes and the big book of my world which to date has been translated into 26 different languages and won the rightstart gold medal toy award for 2012.
the national literacy trust have chosen big book of my world for their london literacy champions project. This means that over the coming months 1700 copies of the book will be distributed to families across London. The project aims to help develop children's early literacy by connecting community volunteers with local families with children aged two to five years.
Recent projects include designing calendars and family planners for a german company for 2015-17, bag and wrap designs for Glick, a range of wall stickers with stickerscape www.stickerscape.co.uk, and cushions for ‘we love cushions’.
I remarried in 2011 and now live near Dorchester with my husband our 4 noisy teenagers a pair of hairy pigs and 2 loopy dogs…..life is good!
I briefly studied at Hereford College of Arts before becoming a very young mum. I moved to Dorset in 2009, along with my two children, Eleanor and Montgomery.
I have previously worked with pre-school and primary school children. I particularly enjoyed baking and art projects with them, although sometimes it could end up being pretty messy. I've also been a receptionist for a chiropractor. That is where I honed my "excellent" administrative skills. It would be fair to say that I've had quite a varied career so far. Which leads me on to how I fell into my role at the Kali Stileman Publishing. I met Kali at a life drawing class. She the artist, me the model! We hit it off straight away and Kali invited me to join her at her beautiful studio in the deepest darkest woods of Dorset. I'm supposed to be the one that gets things done and organised so that Kali has more freedom to design. I suppose you could call me Kali's girl Friday. It is such a beautiful part of the country and it is where I met my husband Dominic.
I love love love my job and it's so varied. From trade shows to tweeting to taking care of our lovely customers... and in case you were wondering, I still do a bit of life modelling in between!