Emma Bowen


Emma is a graphic designer and illustrator with a passion for food, wellness, travel and the pursuit of less. Her experience working as a designer for marketing and advertising agencies has seen her delivering branding and illustration projects for clients including Arla, Coca Cola, Beats by Dre, The Inkey List, Piece & Quiet, Women in Print and more.



Portrait of Margaret Ashton by Emma Bowen

Artist Spotlight

How does print feature in your work?

I enjoy illustrating books and having something tangible to hold afterwards. There are lots of amazing designs and illustrations online and for screens, but there’s something special about having a physical product in your hand. I enjoy seeing my work screen printed onto tote bags and textiles too.

How do you create your ideal work space and conditions needed for you to be creative?

Because I always work digitally, I find I get quite restless after staring at a screen for too long. Ideally, I need to separate my day into chunks and often separate work by running, reading a book or going for a coffee. I also feel motivated when I’m around other people, even if I’m not necessarily working alongside them. So coffee shops and libraries tend to be my go-to.

How and where do you seek inspiration?

I used to always find my inspiration online — Instagram, Behance etc. But recently I’ve found that my best inspiration tends to come to me when I’m disconnected and surrounded by fresh air. I love running or going on hikes of a weekend and I find that the clarity I get from that often inspires my next project.

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?

A design skill? Oooh. At the moment I’m teaching myself how to animate, and I would love to master that! I would also absolutely love to master oil painting and ceramics.

We’d like to ask you to recommend a ‘woman in print’ to us…

I really love the work of Caterina Bianchini, her work has such a nice experimental feel to it and I love her textures.