I discovered BlueSkyInking by chance last Saturday. I visited Something Literary in the Enterprise Centre, a friendly independent shop which stocks unusual gifts and cards for readers and writers. The shop recently moved to Eastbourne from Steyning and Gina, the owner, is keen to meet other local literary-minded types.The BlueSkyInking cards are on the till-side of the shop, above the shelves of second-hand books. The images are quotes from famous historical authors (the one I bought was Oscar Wilde) illustrated with a humorous depictions of the characters speaking. All are the work of professional illustrator Liz Monahan and are designed and hand-drawn in her Norwich studio.
tE: How did you start your art career?
LM: I studied illustration at Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design for four years, after which I found myself an agent and started receiving publishing commissions. I have been working as an illustrator for 20 years and am currently signed with Plum Pudding Illustration.
tE: And what inspired your current literary-based work?
|Creating a scene from 'Emma'|
tE: Is Jane Austen your favourite author?
|Pride & Prejudice ceramic tile|
BlueSkyInking greeting cards are available at Something Literary in the Enterprise Centre.
If you are not so local, Liz Monahan has an online Etsy shop and also has her own blog when she showcases and talks about her work.