The Bridgeman Studio Award 2016

For the third year running Bridgeman Studio ran an award this summer, with the aim of uncovering and celebrating new contemporary artists worldwide. There’s always a grand prize and this year it was a £1,000 commission to illustrate the cover image for the next book by Rosie Garland, published by The Borough Press. To enter, all you had to do was submit images on the theme of ‘Night’. The images could be new or pre-existing. I submitted two of my 3D paper illustrations, the first is called ‘The City Sleeps’ and was inspired by the streets of Amsterdam. I snipped it up using the mountain of photographs I have from multiple visits to the city as references. The second illustration is called ‘Light up the Night’. I like the simplistic graphic feel of this one from afar, but the complexity when you take a closer look. Neither piece are my usual vibrant palette, but I’d love to hear your thoughts! I’ve also included some ‘under construction’ snaps from the studio and a picture of ‘Light up the Night’ next to the primary sketch I made for the piece. The primary sketches I work from usually take all of about one minute to complete and are customarily scrawl-like! However, they allow me to visualise the composition of the piece before I commit to paper, so are always a fundamental part of my design process!


papercut cityscape buildings isobel barber


3d paper sparkler night Isobel barber Bridgeman Studio


3d paper engineering isobel barber night


paper engineering behind the scenes isobel barber


paper cutting studio Isobel Barber


studio behind the scenes Isobel Barber


Isobel x


Illustrations for Practical Pre-School Magazine

Even though the festive period feels many moons ago now, I hope you don’t mind me sharing the poster I illustrated for the January issue of the lovely Practical Pre-School Magazine! I was commissioned to illustrate an A3 poster for the centre-fold around the title ‘I love shiny things’. I had so much fun working on this playful brief!… Scroll down to see my very first draft… to the final product!


Practical pre-school childcare magazine papercut illustrations Isobel Barber

Practical Pre-School January poster idea 1

Practical pre-school childcare magazine papercut illustrations Isobel Barber


Practical pre-school childcare magazine papercut illustrations Isobel Barber 'I love shiny things'

Cawston Press Radiant Roots

Jolly excited to share a new project I’ve been working on with you! Cawston Press make the scrummiest fruit and vegetable pressed juices using only natural ingredients. If you haven’t tried them yet… you need to! You can find them here. Here’s a fabulously fruity papercut illustration I made! 🙂

isobel barber cawston press illustration

Thanks for stopping by x

New custom monogram prints!

I am very excited to announce that my custom monogram strawberry wreath prints are now available from my Etsy shop! It’s very simple to order one, you just leave a ‘note to buyer’ at the checkout stating the initial you wish to receive, and your customised made-to-order print will be on it’s way to you in 1-2 working days! I was thinking they might make a great custom gift for a new baby to go in a nursery?! I’m currently snipping up some more wreath designs and would love to hear your thoughts on other fruity or flowery themes you’d like to see!…

Isobel Barber


Isobel Barber



Have a wonderful day x