Hannah Showler

Hannah is taking part in our coming Makers and Designers Market at Turner Contemporay on 4th and 5th December.

Describe what you do as a creative.

I design and sell art prints, postcards and greetings cards along with my husband, Tom. Together we make up Showler & Showler. We also run the graphic design studio, Rocket Base.
Our designs are thought up and sketched out by hand and then finalised and drawn up on the computer in Illustrator. We use bold colours and simple shapes to create our designs. They are designed to appeal to children and adults alike.

Tell us briefly about yourself.

My childhood was a creative one, my sisters and I were often painting, drawing and making things. My dad trained as an architect and taught at KIAD (now UCA). Earlier this year he was awarded an MBE for services to Architecture. My mum is creative and a talented knitter and crafter.
We grew up in the countryside and spent a lot of time outdoors exploring, we had a woodland and horses behind the house, my dad built us a tree house and we spent happy afternoons playing and exploring and making mud pies.
I now live in the Kent countryside with Tom and our 2 boys, we have a studio here from where we work.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Growing up, I always wanted to be an artist or work in a creative field.

How did you begin doing what you do?

I studied for my Art Foundation at Kent Institute of Art and Design, this is where I met my husband, Tom. We then went on to study Printmaking at the University of Brighton.
After graduating Tom set up his Graphics Studio, Rocket Base and I worked in a number of creative roles before setting up Showler & Showler with Tom in 2006.

What turns on your creativity?

I feel there is inspiration all around us. It may be a combination of colours on some packaging or a page in a picture book or the colours and shapes in nature. I love children’s picture books and visiting art galleries and book shops.

When were you most satisfied in your work?

We have our work hanging in the children’s A&E department in St George’s Hospital in London. It feels a real honour to know that our work is there and is offering a small distraction to parents and children at a worrying time in their lives.

We also have a number of pieces of our work hanging in the children’s hospice, Martin House. We have heard how the work is bringing some joy to families during such difficult times. This makes me feel proud.

We were honoured to be asked to design a cover for Junior magazine to celebrate their 20th birthday alongside 19 other illustrators and designers including Sophie Henn, Ed Vere and Rob Biddulph.

Our prints have featured in a number of prime time TV series on BBC and Channel 4.

We have had our prints featured in the Guardian and The Telegraph magazine.

What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?

I love the satisfaction of having an idea and turning it into a reality and then seeing how people respond to it. It is a real buzz when someone buys your work and hangs it on their walls. We love to hear feedback from our customers about how our work makes them feel.

What is your dream project?

I would love to see our designs on textiles and ceramics and create and illustrate a children’s book one day.

Which artists / creative people are your heroes and inspiring figures?

I am inspired by many artists and illustrators including Dick Bruna, Jean do Brunhoff, Alain Gree and Quentin Blake.

Your idea of happiness

A picnic in the sunshine on the beach with friends and family.



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