Hello, I'm Kate England
I'm a Scandinavian designer, artist, illustrator, pattern creator, painter), writer and teacher.
I live in a treehouse, tucked into the branches of an oak tree, and with pink roses climbing around the doorway.
Drawing inspiration from nature, my Swedish and British heritage, mid-century modern design, a sense of wonder and magic, and Technicolor dreams, I bring a sensuous joie de vive to my art. Colour and I have an endless love affair! The result is a bold and expressive, funky and clean aesthetic.
Everything I create — from home decor, to iPhone cases, to surface patterns, to illustrations, to stationery, to stickers, to websites, to paintings and wall art — is designed as a fusion of beauty and function to bring pleasure into your daily life.
I like to think of my artwork as magnified moments.
Want to work together? I'd love to hear from you!
After studying digital design, fine arts, literature and film, I started working as a freelancing illustrator and icon designer. During the last one and a half decade, I've created thousands of illustrations and icons for clients such as MGM, Nokia, Preem, Lexicon Interactive, The Iconfactory and SAAB.
My icons have won awards and were selected as Apple's "staff pick" and my illustrations have been published in books, Swedish Illustration 2 & Swedish Illustration 3, described as “an indispensable guide to Sweden's most exciting & innovative illustrators”.
I’m inspired by nature. By magnified moments, and dreaming in Technicolor. Browsing museums or thrift stores. Travel. Cooking. I enjoy trend spotting and working with a variety of products and areas engages me.
I devote time to personal and experimental projects, enabling me to explore and experiment with techniques and developing new ideas, which then inform my commercial work.
I'm half English, half Swedish and I currently live and love in Stockholm, Sweden. Take a peek at my journal to find out more about what's going on in my studio just now.
I started out with a background in fine arts, when I got interested in computer graphics. Did they really have to look so boring and sterile, I wondered? So I dug into a computer and started making icons and interfaces, that had a colourful and organic vibe to them. Then I made a website to display my project and soon I got my first request for custom design work! Soon I left my job at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation and started my own business, Marmalade Moon.
Throughout the years my artwork has evolved. To begin with I created computer icons and interfaces, but lately I’m focused on illustration and surface patterns. I paint and teach too and this spring I’m going to teach workshops on how to paint on the iPad.
What Can I Do For You?
I'm currently available for freelance commissions, collaborations and Licensing.
Please drop me an email with as much detail as possible and I'll get a response over as soon as I can.
MGM | Nokia | Herman Miller | IKEA | Font Diner | Stockholms Universitet - Stockholm University | The Democratic Party | Aftonbladet Kultursidan | Sveriges Radio Radioteatern - The Swedish Broadcasting Corporation Drama | ETC | The Iconfactory | Ålandsbanken - Bank of Åland | SAAB | ABF | Lexicon Interactive | Zalando | NCS Colour | Electrolux | Telenor
Published in the books Swedish Illustration 2 and Swedish Illustration 3 (Arvinius Publisher) international release 2008 + 2012. Described as “an indispensable guide to Sweden's most exciting & innovative illustrators”.
Exhibited digital art installation MacroHype at bin•air, where my pixel art was projected.
Group Exhibit at Galleri Panorama ART.
My icons won the icon design award in Pixelpalooza.
My icons were selected as Apple's "staff pick" and featured in the Illustrator's Centre iPhone app that presents Swedish art and design.
My icon design has been published in international publications including Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Dagens Teknik (Sweden), MacPeople (Japan), Grafisk form och illustration i Sverige (Sweden), PC Praxis (Germany), MacHOME (USA), Mac Fan (Japan), MacJack (Japan), Mac Life (Japan), and MacPeople (Japan).
- literature, film & cultural studies at Stockholm University
- fine art (natural media): Folkuniversitetet & Gerlesborgsskolan
- digital art and animation at the ETC Academy
After my studies I began working with radio drama, illustration, layout and documentaries at the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. I then started freelancing as a designer and illustrator and I've been working from my studio in Stockholm, Sweden since 2001.