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J’adore… Kate Forrester

As a female, I am quite interested in Fashion etc… and have been recieving copies of asos magazine (As seen on screen – an online website selling fashion often very similar to those seen on celebrities www.asos.com) regularly for a little while now. In the June 2008 Issue they had a feature about ‘The creatives of tomorrow’; including a model booker, tattooist, gallery director, art director (Ben Freeman who I will mention in another J’adore post) and two illustrators; one of whom was Kate Forrester.

As I had/have an interest in ‘creative stuff’ I looked at some of the artist’s mentioned on google and was instantly attracted to Kate Forrester’s illustrations.


I love her approach to drawing these celebrity daughters (Lily Allen, Pixie Geldof, Jamie Winstone, Daisy Lowe, Peaches Geldof and Kelly Osbourne) because it is cartoony, fashion concious and life-like all at once.


These two more typographically orientated illustrations are great because the main typefaces are plain, but Kate accessorises the letters appropriately to create something interesting and beautifully eye catching!

And here Kate is combining fashion with some quirky graphics for a Harvey Nichols advert. She takes it from a quite plain, more serious image of a catwlak model to a colourful, fun image and I think its great 🙂

Here are some HAND WRITTEN invitations that I found on her blog. She says:
I sent out my wedding invitations this weekend- so exciting. As well as designing the invites with a little help from my good friend and illustrator Alice Stevenson, I did more than 80 of these hand lettered envelopes using a dipping pen and calligraphy ink.’
I absolutely LOVE these… I love the handmade feel, it makes each one really special and a lot of time has gone into making these absolutely perfect! They also remind me of the calligraphic style seen used in the Harry Potter films… and if you know me well then you will know how much I LOVE harry Potter (I have a special design related Potter-post ready for unveil on the release of the new film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!)

 I wish my handwriting was as nice as her calligraphic typography… maybe I should consider learning how to use a calligraphy pen? 🙂 I have to say though, that I used to use a fountain pen when I was younger and the constant smudging and messiness REALLY annoyed me so maybe it’s not for me?

You can look at the rest of her work here or see what shes upto on her blog here!

One comment

  • lestaret

    09/07/2009 at 9:16 pm

    Lovely handwritten invitations – reminds me of Harry Potters letters from Hogwarts!!!
    I will be posting an image on the blog during the summer of an envelope adressed to me by a top calligrapher – it’s beautiful, but bonkers!

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