Brie Harrison is an Illustrator based in Suffolk. As you know, I REALLY love illustration – Yes – I’m a FRUSTRATED illustrator… I went to art school, and studied graphic design, the whole time super envious of all of the ‘proper artists’ and now I am drawn to illustrators like bees to pollen.
I also LOVE house plants, so when I discovered Brie Harrison, and her beautiful botanical illustrations – well – you can imagine right?
I think you’d love Brie’s work too, so if you fancy getting your hands on some of her eco greetings cards – tap here for a chance to win some.
And if you’d like to find out more about Brie, read on to neet the creative! We chatted…
Meet the Creative: Illustrator Brie Harrison
Brie’s work focuses on details from the botanical world, she has an immense spirit for pattern and colour and with her work she wants to bring a touch of nature indoors for people to enjoy.
Ali: Hi Brie – You are living my best life, I REALLY wanted to be a textile designer following my Foundation Course – I ended up doing Graphic Design – and although I’ve had a successful creative career myself, I am interested to find out what your journey has been?
Brie: Ah yes, well, I graduated with a Printed Textile Design degree in 2003 from Brighton, and went to New York to complete an internship for a design studio in the garment district. I then returned home and started my career designing prints for the high street.
I was lucky enough that some of my work was featured in Mike Perry’s book Over & Over. This gave me the confidence to approach greetings card company Art Angels with whom I designed a selection of cards and wrapping paper.
Ali: And when did you start producing your own illustrated cards?
Brie: So by 2014, I knew I wanted to focus on stationery and wall art. I produced a small collection of limited edition prints and postcards based on the Four Seasons and had a small show in my local Suffolk coffee shop Applaud.
Ali: What do you think helped grow your audience Brie – Pre-Covid, did you find trade fairs were useful for spreading the word and reaching new fans?
Brie: The success of my Four Seasons range motivated me to keep making and selling at local fairs and shops. In 2015 I showed at the London Illustration Fair, in 2016 I had stand at horticulture fair Grow London, and then in 2017 I had my first booth at Pulse London trade fair, which really convinced me that my relationship with the wholesale market could really work.
Ali: Apart from your own greetings cards and prints, that are available on your own website https://www.brieharrison.com/shopping – where else might we now find your work?
Brie: I’m delighted and honoured that my work has now been stocked at both the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Tate Modern gallery shops; to museum shops such as Kettles Yard & the Garden Museum. And in small independents such as Winter‘s Moon, Vanil, Venner, Elm, The Old Haberdashery & Frome’s Kobi & Teal.
Other recent collaborations include a garden gifting range with British company Burgon & Ball, a sofa for Swoon, fabric for Winter’s Moon, cards for Canns Down Press, stationery with Papier UK and bags for Blue Q.
Ali: Tell us about your publishing accomplishments Brie – I believe we have a feature in common?
Brie: Ooh yes – Flow Magazine? I illustrated the cover for Flow Magazine – which I believe your ‘so good in every way’ #sgiew photo challenge featured Ali?! (click here to read more)
Ali: How do you continue to be so inspired to create such wonderful work Brie?
Suffolk! Since we left London in 2015 and moved back to my native Suffolk countryside, my husband and young son just relish being so near the forests, rivers, beaches and gardens – Suffolk fuels my ongoing obsession with decorating surfaces, and I’ve met so many amazing new friends – We’re happy here.
UPDATE: Check out Brie’s commissioned work exclusively at the V&A here.
“A dream commission, I created a ceramic dream! Of some of the items in their collection!!!”
Follow @BrieHarrison on instagram here:
And visit her online store here, to stock up on the most gorgeous greetings cards and prints and full list of stockists.
WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A SMILE ?
This current situation still brings worries and loneliness to many of us. Globally we breath a sigh of relief post US election results, yet in England we are again locked down, and social distancing to #stopthespreading and we still #stayathome. So I’ve teamed up with @brieharrison and @emmalaceyeveryday to bring you a little smile, a cup of tea, and to encourage you to spread a bit of seasonal magic by sending someone a little note to tell them you are thinking of them ?❤️ x
This giveaway is an autumnal treat full of goodies – ✨WIN✨
☀️ your own set of TWELVE of Brie Harrison’s greetings cards printed on recycled paper in the UK and packed in a compostable sleeve (worth £33)
☀️ a set of two hand-thrown Emma Lacey Everyday Mugs in a colour of your choice, packed carefully in sustainable, reusable gift wrapping (worth £72)
Those of you who commented on my ‘Bewitched spoon/mug tinkle’ REELS earlier this month, you will have spotted Brie’s cards, and Emma’s ceramics – I’m so excited to be teaming up with @brieharrison and @emmalaceyeveryday to offer you the chance to WIN all of this in time for Christmas too (a lovely gift, or special thank you cards!) ?
How to take part:
? Comment on my post or the posts of @brieharrison and @emmalaceyeveryday
?follow me and @brieharrison and @emmalaceyeveryday if you like our work
? Be generous with your friends and tag them to invite them to smile with us in the comments ??
? Each tag will be an entry. Keep tagging more friends for more entries.
? Giveaway Closes 7pm on Tuesday 24th November.
We will draw ONE winner from all three profiles and announce here on 25/11/20. The data of the winner will be deleted immediately after the shipping of the prize.
Ad-Gift. The Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram.
There is no cash alternative. By entering you are confirming you are over 18.
@brieharrison and @emmalaceyeveryday are small independent businesses. If you order a set of greetings cards from Brie, or some mugs from Emma, and you go on to win the giveaway, they will of course be happy to refund your order ❤️
Good luck to everyone! Lots of Love, Ali x