I'm Dulcimer Draws: ARTIST, MARKETEER & ALL-rOUND CREATIVE LAXATIVE.
I love faces and fashion and wearable art. I love words and writing and the wonder of puns. I love Converse and neon and everything 1990s. I love brands and packaging and vintage magazines. I love ceramics and cycling and drinking all the coffees.
Above all though, I LOVE DRAWING - and I believe that everyone can draw and learn to love it too! I'm passionate about igniting creativity and making drawing fun and accessible and EASY for all - especially those who think they "can't draw", which is precisely why I started running The Social Sketchup: a themed monthly drawing night that I've been running for 2 years. I also run Sketchy Bitches, a monthly meetup group for creative women, and as of 1st July: have just launched a brand new venture, Sketch Appeal!
As well as running around being creative, I work on freelance marketing and copywriting projects and have 14 years experience in brand marketing. I've been lucky enough to work for some amazing brands and organisations, and recently led the email campaign for Sport Relief 2018 and fulfilled my lifelong ambition to work for Comic Relief! I've also worked with some awesome children's brands including Pokemon, Mr Men, Enid Blyton's Noddy, Horrible Histories & The Gruffalo: as well as for world-leading publishers Pearson, Macmillan and Scholastic.
If you're interested in working with me drop me a line! Dulcimer@dulcimerdraws.com
The Back Story
I grew up with an innate love of fashion and drawing. According to my mother, I spent my childhood “drawing all over everything” and changing my outfit at least 3 times daily.
I had my first taste of the fashion industry back in 1995, when I was scouted by Select at the Clothes Show Live. After landing my first job with the awesome Juergen Teller, I went on to work for the likes of Paul Smith and Versace: a stark contrast to my life back on the family farm in Yorkshire!
Despite this success, I soon quit the modelling game to focus on getting A levels and a 'proper degree' that would land me a 'proper job'. And I got both those things: a 1st Class degree in Spanish and a successful career in marketing!
Fast forward to 2014 when I attended The House of Illustration opening fair and felt compelled to pick up a pen and start drawing again. This soon led me back to my love of fashion art and I started sharing my work on Instagram - and I've not stopped since!
And now finally, after over a decade of managing and building other people’s brands, I decided it was high time I launched my own: thus Dulcimer Draws was born!