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Kate Thornton


How did you create this cover?

I bought a vintage postcard of Val d’Isère for the main image and scanned it in. I then used a process in photoshop which is similar to the physical process I would go through to produce one of my original paper cut pieces.


Do you know how old this picture of Solaise is?

I’m not sure of the exact date but the postmark on the reverse of the postcard is 1963.


Do you have a connection with the mountains?

I did a bit of snowboarding in my late teens/twenties and visited a few places in the Alps. I had a special trip to Val D’Isère in 1997 with my brother! I remember Dick’s Tea Bar and was there a place called Cafe Face?!


How did you arrive at your style?

I’ve always worked in a minimal graphic way. I started making simple silhouette collages about 10 years ago with a load of old maps and postcards that belonged to my Grandad. The bird map and postcard thing started from there.


Birds feature in a lot of your work, do you have a favourite?

A favourite bird, it’s impossible to choose one. I love the arrival of Swifts and Swallows every spring, I am in awe of Peregrine Falcons and Alpine Choughs are really cool!


What tips would you give to someone trying to make a living from their art?

Be distinctive. Be confident in your abilities and learn to talk about your work positively as you are the best person to sell it. Persevere, say yes to opportunities but also have the conviction to say no to those that don’t feel right. Prepare to be poor for a while...


What would you like to do more of in your work?

Play, experiment and make more handmade prints. I really enjoy lino-printing but I’m self taught, it’d be great to go on a course to learn more about the process.


Have you had your work published or used anywhere?

I designed a cover for The Pshychologist magazine a few years ago and possibly a few other things, the specifics escape me. My main business is in greetings cards and prints, I also do a lot of private commissions of original artwork.


Where can we buy your beautiful cards?

Go to my website for a full list of UK retailers, I also have a few bits via the shop link www.katethorntondesign.com