My name is Irene. I am an illustrator and surface pattern designer based in London.
I grew up in Livorno, Tuscany, among the seagulls, fishermen and food markets of this lively and authentic Italian seaside town.
I studied and graduated with a BA in multimedia communication and visual arts at the University of Florence, Italy. I later moved to London to specialise in drawing, visual arts and graphic design at Central Saint Martins College of Arts.
I started my career as graphic designer and I now work as freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer.
For my illustrations I love using ink, watercolour, pencil and digital.
Many of my designs are inspired by nature and wildlife. My home garden and the English countryside are often source of inspiration for my work.
I sell fashion, textiles, wallpaper, high-quality prints and more on my online shops.
I live with my husband Lorenzo, my daughter Emma and my son Matteo in a nice and quiet suburb of London.
Apart from drawing, I love cooking, reading, photographing, walking and spending time in the nature with my beautiful family.
I am a member of the British Association of Illustrators (AOI) and of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).