I studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and have continued to work and teach within this field. I enjoy the early stages of making books the most - drawing characters within sketchbooks, usually animals, playing with words to discover more about their personalities. I feel most comfortable using ‘hands on’ materials for creating books, whether it is drawing, collage, ink, painting or printmaking. Screenprinting is a favourite medium and many of my books have been produced using this process in print workshops and at my studio in Broughty Ferry – a stone throw from the beach where I grew up.
About writer's work
Since the publication of Natalie’s first book, ‘Hamish the Highland Cow’ in 2003, she has continued to work and teach within Scottish art institutions. These include Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio, Edinburgh College of Art and currently the Illustration programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.
She has published 10 titles with leading international publishing houses including Bloomsbury Children’s Publishing, Macmillan Children’s Books and Compendium Inc. Seattle. Her work has been published within the United Kingdom, USA, Japan, China, Korea and Thailand.
In 2004, Natalie was shortlisted with ‘Hamish the Highland Cow’ (Bloomsbury) for the Scottish Booktrust Early Years Award (Best New Illustrator) and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2009 for ‘Moon Rabbit’ (Macmillan). ‘Lost for Words’ (Macmillan) became runner up in the Scottish Children’s Book Awards 2015 and was included in the Bookbug Pack that was gifted to Primary 1 children across Scotland.
Natalie was an invited Mentor on the Picturehooks Mentoring Scheme (2012/13 & 2014/15) for emerging Scottish Illustrators.
She regularly attends literary events at learning institutions, libraries and book festivals to promote books, literacy skills and related image making processes.
Websites featuring the authorNatalie's WebsiteSee Natalie on the University of Dundee WebsiteSee Natalie on Pan Macmillan's WebsiteSee Natalie on Bloomsbury's WebsiteSee Natalie on Compendium's Website
Current events and projects
Over the past 18 years I have continued to work within education – as Lecturer of Illustration and as a Freelance Author and Illustrator.
After graduating from the Master of Design programme (DJCAD) at the University of Dundee, I worked at Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio where I co-ordinated the print workshops for the education programme. Over the 10 years at DCA – I worked with a range of different pre-school, primary / secondary school and community groups teaching all aspects of print.
In 2003, I began teaching at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design when my first book, Hamish the Highland Cow was published. Since then I have attended literary events at learning institutions, libraries and book festivals all over Scotland to promote books, literacy skills and related image making processes.
I feel comfortable working with all age groups - pre-school, primary school, secondary school and adults. Previous workshops have ranged from basic story telling sessions to story writing and drawing, character development, book making, and mask-making. I like to encourage the audience to be creative and take part in the event. Frequently used materials are pencils, coloured pencil, pens, collage, print, worksheets and notebooks.