Liz Temperley’s studio space, in the Star Brewery, has a similar aesthetic to her watercolour illustrations. There is a lot of white space on the walls and furnishings, complemented by vivid splashes of colour in the teeming examples of her work, which is printed on greeting cards, gift wrap, notebooks, stationery, prints, pencil cases and more.
In her illustrations, Liz aims to find humour in the everyday and to show the beauty in animals and nature, which she describes as her “joyful style”. The inspiration for this month’s cover came from a fortuitous visit to a friend’s exhibition at Breaky Bottom Vineyards. Rusty tones for the vine leaves were selected for an autumnal feel. “I like organic forms. So I thought we’ll go back to the literal interpretation of ‘grape and grain’, looking at the grape before it gets made into wine.”
Her love for nature extends to how she produces her stationery, which is all eco-friendly. “I have a range that is printed onto tree-free, annually renewable plant fibre paper (things like bamboo).” She works with soy-based inks and also makes a range of envelopes made from upcycled coffee cups.
Liz’s arrival in Lewes, after studying textile design at Nottingham Trent University, seems almost providential. After graduating, she initially moved to London to work in fashion – but ultimately realised that it wasn’t for her. She then juggled a Design Manager job with freelance work, while selling illustrations in Brick Lane on the side.
Liz wasn’t sure where to go after London, so she let her choice of studio space inform the location for her new home. After discovering the Star Brewery – and the beauty of East Sussex – she moved to the area in May 2016. The last three years have been busy: Liz has sold her work in Artwave and Artists Open Houses, and she took part in Patina’s geocache event, where children discovered various creatives in Lewes via GPS (“hectic, but fun”). Liz was commissioned by Octopus Publishing to illustrate two books, and she was thrilled when I Love You Mum was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal, in May this year.
Her business has flourished since moving to Lewes: in busy periods she takes on some temporary staff to help with packing and posting. Her work – branded as Blank Inside – is sold worldwide, with distributors in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and a large number in the UK. Clients include Anthropologie, Liberty and Oliver Bonas.
The whole Blank Inside range is available to purchase at blankinsidedesign.co.uk – along with a selection of Liz’s original watercolours – or you can pop by the studio and buy direct from Liz. If you would like to discuss any illustration commissions, email email@example.com