A question for Kirsty Greenwood

Q: How do pets/children/significant others help/hinder your process?

A: I live with my boyfriend and our three cats in a Victorian terraced house in a small town in North Yorkshire, UK.

My studio is curated into the small box bedroom. My other half is massively supportive and helpful in my creative endeavours and I would struggle to achieve so much without his constant support and practical help.

I am a self confessed ailurophile and our three cats are a constant source of amusement and inspiration to me. They often accompany me when I work, helping- in their own minds- by sitting on my papers; playing with pens, pencils and generally acting up as adorable distractions!


Kirsty Greenwood‘s image “” is the cover art for our February 2023 issue.Metaphorosis

February 2023

Beautifully written speculative fiction from Metaphorosis magazine.

All the stories from the month, plus author biographies, interviews, and story origins.

Table of Contents

  • The Excursionist of JCPenney — Chris Panatier
  • The Frozen Generation — Jacob Coffin
  • The Numismatist — Cecelia Isaac
  • The Zoo Diaries II — Frances Pauli

Cover art by Kirsty Greenwood.

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Also available as a pocket-sized (4″x6″) paperback and an e-book.

About Kirsty Greenwood

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.Metaphorosis