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.
Alongside designing greetings cards and stationary for foreign publishers, recent licensing projects include designing calendars and family planners for KV&H Germany 2014-17, bag and wrap designs for Glick, a growing range of wall stickers with stickerscape www.stickerscape.co.uk, and cushions for welovecushions.com and enamel mugs with Star Editions www.stareditions.com
I remarried in 2011 and now live near Dorchester with my lovely husband our 3 noisy teenagers, a pair of loopy dogs and a garden full of chickens and ducks....life couldn’t be better!
I grew up in Dorset in a remote little village “where everybody knows your name”. Escaping to the big city, I studied in Canterbury for a year, and then studied English and Drama at the University of Sussex (still pretty rural!) I lived on the seafront in Brighton for three years and had the time of my life there.
After completing my degree and teacher training, I missed the comforts of home and the beautiful Dorset coast, so I moved back to the house I grew up in and had a great time being a kid again living with mum and dad. I met my wonderful husband Dale in 2012 and we now live together in a little old school house (with the ghost of the old headmaster, two twin cats –Monty and Rupert- and a part-time dog -Sybil).
I have been working as an English Teacher in a secondary school for the last seven years and by a strike of fate (magic) I found my job here with Kali. I take care of the public side of the business, including social media and publicity. I love the creativity and variety in my role and I’m excited about what the future will bring. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world.