Like many good jobs, it started as just a hobby. Katie has always loved to draw, right from a toddler, but never saw it as something she would make a living from.
In 2013, at the age of 22, Katie decided that her London office job just wasn’t quite for her so armed with not much more than a sketch pad and her trusty old Apple laptop, moved back in with her parents and started drawing…
She launched her first fine art print and card range later that year which has grown into the prolific and successful range of illustrated gifts and homewares you can see today!
8 years, 2 children, a fantastic team and many glasses of wine later, Katie still illustrates and designs each and every product and absolutely adores the entire process – from having an idea in her head and eventually seeing it come to life.
With an ever growing list of stockists across the UK and beyond and two stores in Stamford & Oakham, Katie Cardew has certainly got some exciting times ahead!
Katie designs each and every product – from an idea in her head, she then draws out the designs, scans them onto her iMac and finally uses them to design the products, from small greeting cards right up to epic picnic blankets!
Every product is trialled and tested to make sure that not only the illustrations look amazing, but also they stand up to use in a busy household.
We use UK manufactures for all our products, many of which are local to us (we often pop in for a cuppa and a nosy to see how our order is coming along!) We thoroughly believe in supporting UK manufacturing and the beautiful quality speaks for itself.
We truly care about our incredible customers and love the support and generosity we feel from you. We are a small business but a mighty one – there are real people behind every process – from making our products to packaging them up to ship to you.
Henley Royal Regatta
Historic Royal Palaces
The Swan Hotel, Newby
Harrogate International Festivals
Kings Cliffe Bakery
Multum Gin Parvo
Country Living Magazine
Home Style Magazine
NFU Countryside magazine
Country and Townhouse magazine
House Proud magazine
Horse and Hound magazine
Winner of the Small Awards Digital Business 2017
Winner of the Mercury Best Small Business 2018
We are so proud that all our products are made in the UK and where possible, using local manufacturers. The quality of each and every product speaks for itself! We use minimal plastic in our packaging and the majority of our packaging is recyclable.