Kirsty is an illustrator who works mainly within the realm of short fiction stories both for print and online publications. With experience in many aspects of artwork and the advantage of an illustrative mind-set, her passion is for imagery that accompanies literature based in the surreal, the Gothic and fairy tales; she has also exhibited her works internationally and more recently ‘Metamorphosis’, the fabric she designed for and in collaboration with The Monkey Puzzle Tree – fabrics and wallcoverings, was winner of ‘Best in British Product Design’ at the Hotel Designs Brit List Awards 2021.
Motivated by pareidolia, ephemeral visual misunderstanding, ocular strangeness, nightmares, dreams and fleeting glimpses of unreality; inspired by Faerie tales, folklore, myths and legends, transformation, aboriginal cultures and Quixotism, Kirsty works in traditional mediums such as pencil and ink on home-made marbled papers.
With her work focused on the idea of embracing change; she uses methods such as marbling or ink blowing to create a base for her images and then uses the traditional techniques of drawing, ink and paint washes to further make the scene, picking out details to promote the telling of the tale through images filled with narrative, allure and creatures from around the allegorical world.
Kirsty Greenwood‘s image is the cover art for our February 2023 issue.