About Me

Hello, and thank you for stopping by!

I am a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer from beautiful, leafy Cheshire, England. I’m very passionate about design, especially colour, pattern, experimenting with different media and new techniques.

I like to incorporate elements within my work, of nature, animals, people, and everyday objects, both as standalone drawings and also in patterns. My style is fun and painterly, and I tend to work traditionally, developing and finishing my designs on my computer.

I enjoy the entire design process, from inital inspiration research, creating concepts and sketches, testing different colour and media combinations, through to creating finished compositions from my ideas.

Where do I get my inspiration from? Well, I spend time observing what is around me, looking though magazines, and at various sources on the internet.

My Design Journey in a Nutshell.

Since graduating with a BA(Hons) degree in Surface Pattern at The University of Huddersfield in 1998, I have worked as a surface pattern designer in a design studio and have undertaken a lot of freelance work. I also have an MA in Textiles, which I took at Manchester Metropolitan University. I graduated from that in 2010.

My Work.

My pattern and illustration work has appeared on bedding, mugs, apparel, stationery, gift items and more.
My work for Chester Zoo entailed designing a logo for their “Sing for Songbirds” campaign, together with illustrations for the animation in the campaign video, and the supporting learning resources.


Previous clients include (but are not limited to): Deva Designs, Chester Zoo, Dorma UK, Dorma France, NEXT, John Lewis, Coca Cola, Open University, Cyber Security Challenge, Morgan and Debenhams.


BA, Surface Pattern Design
MA, Textile Design
Lilla Roger’s – MATS Graduate and GTS Honorable Mention
Winner of Russian silk scarf competition
Winner of Rise, Design and Shine – Portfolio review from Bonnie Christine

Other places to find me

In my spare time, I run my blog, on which I feature my own work, other designers and their work, and various different aspects of design, such as fashion and interiors. I also have a shop on Etsy, where I sell my designs; wall art prints and stationery ranges. You can also see some of my designs on Society6.

I would love to hear from you! Please contact me here: emma.allsup@googlemail.com

Please find me on Facebook, Twitter, Bloglovin, Instagram and LinkedIn, to keep up to date with latest projects.

Emma Jayne x