National showcase for illustrator

Carlby artist Katie Cardew with her commission in Waitrose Weekend magazine
Carlby artist Katie Cardew with her commission in Waitrose Weekend magazine
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An aspiring illustrator’s work will be seen on a national stage after she was commissioned to produce a piece for a supermarket magazine.

Katie Cardew, 24, from Carlby, was asked to capture a London street scene in her eyecatching style for a recent edition of the Waitrose Weekend magazine.

Katie, who runs KC Illustrations from her home in Templeman Drive, specialises in commissions and has carried out plenty of work for clients in the Stamford area. But this is the first time her work will be seen by a national audience.

The former Bourne Grammar School pupil said: “I saw an illustration on the front of the magazine last year. It looked quite similar to mine so I just e-mailed the editor.

“They got back to me in March and gave me a week to do it. So I took loads of photos in London that weekend and spent three days shut up drawing.”

Katie’s illustration was used in full on a double page spread at the front of the magazine. She was delighted to be featured so prominently, adding: “It’s great for the portfolio.”

Katie only set up her business last year after quitting her job at a London events firm in October. But her talents have caught the eye of many art lovers in the area and commissions are now pouring in.

She specialises in illustrations of homes and buildings, which often make the ideal family present. She has also produced a series of wildlife cards that will be on sale a Burghley House.

Katie began the exhibition season at Belton House last weekend and is booked up for most of the summer. She will be the resident exhibiting artist at the Harbour Gallery in Whitwell from May 13 to June 2.

Visit to see more of her work.