Bio

Hello, my name is Abigail Featherstone and I am a multi-disciplinary artist, specializing in illustration and painting. 

I define my practice as multi-disciplinary because illustration and painting are my primary practises but I also work within animation and ceramics. Generally, my work is based on atmosphere, community and kindness. Usually, this work is also centred around landscape and architecture. I enjoy exploring bold and bright colour schemes and a range of pattern and mark-making techniques within my work, which has helped form my natural quirky contemporary style.

This year I chose projects which are tailored towards working for small local businesses, specifically those from my hometown, Whitby. This is based on my own personal pledge of shopping, eating and supporting small local. I want to create work for small businesses as it often means a lot more to them and helps support my local independent high street.

I enjoy illustrating for editorial, social media campaigns and advertising and I take pride in creating work for clients and businesses whose morals and values resonate with my own. A large amount of my work is based around selling and exhibiting original Acrylic on MDF paintings of Yorkshire landscapes. I often take on painting commissions to paint the places that mean the most to my clients, often a family home or family business. 

I can proudly say I am now an artist in residence at The Geall Gallery, Grosmont, North Yorkshire. I lived next door to this gallery for 10 years of my childhood and it's a dream come true to say I work here. I am now working towards exhibiting my painting work and taking on illustration and painting commissions.

Back Off, Scotland

This illustration was commissioned by Back Off Scotland, a campaign to create a 100m buffer line from protesters outside abortion clinics. It was also in collaboration with EUSA’s ’10 Days of Activism.' My illustration in particular was for an online article about the legalisation of telemedical abortions to promote women feeling safe and comfortable in their own homes with video guidance from doctors whilst having an abortion.

Illustration featuring a woman sat on a vintage sofa, amongst houseplants, drinking tea expand
Back Off, Scotland illustration
Drawing Journal

Drawing journal was a year-long research-based project. I created a series of different sized multi-coloured and hand-bound sketchbooks to create different observational drawings from life and virtual drawing trips to support my other projects. Throughout this project, I fell in love with polychromo coloured pencils. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the textures and the pigmented colours they create.

The Soil Association

During the first semester, I was commissioned by The Soil Association, Scotland. I was asked to create an A3 limited edition print run of an illustration based on sustainable farming in Scotland. I delivered 10X A3 giclée prints for those who took part in their ‘Landscape Leadership Programme’. I was asked to include certain aspects of activities the participants took part in such as mob grazing and tree planting. My final A3 print was a combination of polychromo pencil, gouache painting and digital drawing.

Illustration featuring a Scottish farming landscape with two farmers looking out over the sheep and cattle. expand
The Soil Association, Scotland illustration
Feeling Blue

During the first lockdown, I created a 1-minute digital stop-frame animation short on Photoshop. I used this project as a chance to explore the possibilities of a new process as well as using rain as a pathetic fallacy for how lockdown affected my mental health. 

This was a collaborative project with my sound and music man, Tom Haigh. 

Feeling Blue
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