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With galleries and studios closed, we take a look at local artists going online.

Now we’ve all been locked in our houses for 3 weeks you might have decided you need something to brighten your room, or perhaps your looking for an original gift. We had a look around to find 8 Island artists you might like, all selling online.

1.) First up, Illustrator Katy Rose Design a Ventnor based artist who we’ve worked with in the past for Ventnor Fringe, creating backdrops for stages, tote bags and much of the artwork for the Harbourside venue. As well as commissions (she can even create a pet portrait!) her distinctive style is applied to clothing and stationary in her new online shop. Check it out!

2.) Perhaps better known as a children’s author Jules Marriner is also an incredible illustrator of her work and you can order prints of any of her pictures online. A great choice for any little ones who are fans or fairy tales and magical stories!

3.) How about a FaceTime Photoshoot? A what I hear you ask?! Photographer Holly Cade is offering photo shoots through your webcam, where she’ll help you stage the perfect portrait from the comfort of your own home and with suitable distancing remaining in force! Best of all, 50% is donated the IW NHS.

4.) Need some cushions? Check out our pal Ada May, another fab illustrator whose work is hard to find online, but she has two great cushion designs for sale at the moment here and here

Katy Rose Design

5.) Talking of cushions we couldn’t miss Joy Jolliffe, whose handcrafted lino prints look perfect in any seaside home.

6.) Fan of manga or anime? Check out Artsy Charshee (aka Charlotte Legg) who’s building up an online store of her drawings spanning characters from Marvel to Studio Ghibli.

7.) For of those of you looking for conceptual art we’d suggest taking a look at Tim Fawcett. Having exhibited widely around the UK before settling on the Island his work online also includes his earlier figurative paintings and his journey as an artist is fascinating to watch develop.

8.) Rising star Jo Hummel Newell creates striking collages that are getting her invites to galleries and exhibitions all over. We first encountered her work when she was based at The Depozitory in Ryde and have been big fans ever since! Don’t miss out on her limited edition prints available on her website at the moment.

Finally, an important mention for Claire Speight, graphic designer and part of Lazy Dog Press, whose photo we have used above. She doesn’t have an online store but you can find out lots about her work here

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