About April

April Mawhinney is an Irish-British illustrator who is inspired by her love of wild places, folkloric tales and maximalism.

Over the last 20 years, she has worked both in-house and as a freelance textile designer; creating textile designs for kitchen textiles and home decor clients.

    Since the birth of her second child in 2019, April has grown her own studio. And now focuses on client projects as well as her own range of products. All of April's work is illustrated in her West Sussex studio, and her products are made in the UK.

    Techniques

    April mainly works in pen and ink, drawing and illustrating the designs by hand. Colours and textures are then added digitally in her iPad using brushes and drawing tools that replicate coloured pencils and charcoals. The illustrations are then transferred into Adobe Photoshop, where they are put into repeat or finished ready for the client. 

    Eco Promise

    April only works with production companies who use responsibly sourced materials and ecological inks. Her range of greetings cards support The Woodland Trust in maintaining our native wooded spaces.

    You can read April's full Eco Promise here.

     

    Want to work with April?

    Read the Working with Me page and drop April a line!


    Illustration clients and designs sold to:

    University of California, Berkeley

    Graham & Brown Wallpaper Company (for B&Q)

    Tesco

    Primark

    Matalan

    Target Australia.