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Nov 18

The Talent Natalie Ryan Biography

We here at Advocate artare excited to represent Natalie Ryan; we love her print design for textiles and children’s illustrations and think they will look great on products, greetings cards and posters. Check out her biography below for more information and some pictures of her latest work. If you’d like to see more of her work on the Advocate website click here.

I grew up on a sheep and wheat farm near the bustling township of Colbinabbin (population 113), in central Victoria, Australia. I have loved to draw and paint for as long as I can remember. My favourite subject matter at the age of 5 was colourful flowers, fairies and toadstool houses – all of which still manage to find a way into my illustrations all of these years later.

I completed a degree in Textile Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in 1996, and since then have worked in studios designing interior textiles in Sydney, London and Melbourne. For the last few years I have specialised in designing children’s homeware products and as a result have managed to collect far too many children’s picture books. Not that I think that is a bad thing! My favourite children’s book illustrators include Oliver Jeffers, Neal Layton, Marc Boutavant and Delphine Durand.

I love to use a variety of techniques to create my artwork – my favourite mediums include gouache, watercolour, lino print, mono print, paper collage and coloured pencils. I like to split my time working in the country and the city – now I’m in my 30′s a lot of cousins and school friends are making the move back to the country, so a ‘tree change’ may be on the cards!”