Taschen’s The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

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I’m proud to have around fifty illustrations featured in Taschen’s brand new children’s book, The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen, edited by Noel Daniel and published this month. I created silhouettes of various sizes for the book, for classic tales such as The Little Match Girl and The Snow Queen and also designed some hand decorated ‘pea tendril lettering and the endpapers. My work sits side by side artwork by some of my illustration idols, including Arthur Rackham, Harry Clarke, Kay Nielsen and Lotte Reiniger to name but a few! The book is my second working with Taschen, following 2011’s The Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

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Laura Barrett

I’m a freelance illustrator based in South East London and I specialise in creating intricate and decorative silhouette illustrations.

Since graduating from University of the Arts London (Camberwell) in 2007 I’ve been working with a variety of international clients within the fields of publishing, editorial, packaging, advertising and animation.

My work is often narrative based and inspired by the darker side of folk and fairytales, as well as traditional Scherenschnitte (paper cutting). I like to explore these themes through the use of silhouettes, which I create by drawing with a graphics tablet in Adobe Illustrator. Working digitally allows me a great deal of flexibility whilst retaining a hand crafted quality. I love to work in striking black and white, though I’m just as comfortable using colour when a project calls for it.

My clients include Ted Baker, Taschen, Toni&Guy, Marchesa, Yardley London, The Guardian, Woman’s Weekly, Hachette, Oneworld Publications, Heidelberg, British Heart Foundation, Brighton Festival, The Wellcome Trust

Laura’s work has been featured in Digital Arts, MacUser magazine and The Mix Future Interiors.

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