Illustrator and Writer Hayley Potter’s work is a fusion of the observed and the imagined.  She produces images and writing for a diverse mix of commissioned, collaborative and self initiated projects.


English Illustrator and Writer Hayley Potter  was voted one of London’s top ten Illustrators alongside Daisy de Villeneuve and Julie Verhoeven (Spoonfed, 2010). She graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2007 and now lives and works between London and Dorset, traveling further afield for enticing commissions or collaborations. Influenced by the magic that can be found in the every day, Hayley Potter’s work is a fusion of the imagined and the observed.

Hayley’s playful working method of re-assembling her own drawings digitally and by hand is used to create images that tell a story, compliment a specific text or answer a brief. This flexible way of making images has been successfully applied to a diverse range of personal projects and commissions for international clients. So far these include editorial, book covers, narrative, signage, murals, clothing, sculpture, display, alternative greeting cards and books.

Hayley was taught by Illustrators including Quentin Blake and Andrzej Klimowski at The Royal College of Art 2005-2007. Her work has featured in several exhibitions across London at venues including The Mall Galleries, The Haunch of Venison, Ferreira Projects, The Hockney Gallery, Dazed and Confused, and The Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. She is a regular visiting lecturer in Illustration & Drawing for popular courses including BA (hons) Illustration at Arts University College Bournemouth and has previously taught at universities including The University of Westminster and The Royal Veterinary College.

When Hayley isn’t working on commissions, collaborations or self initiated work – you will probably find her on a long walk through a forest or across sandy landscapes with her camera – accompanied by her Bedlington Terrier Mr Bumble and her partner, the designer Paul Currah.  But if its raining, then you’ll find her in a tea shop – adding to her collection.  Rose tea is currently her favourite.

Despite Hayley’s interest in magic and the owl that occasionally tries to get into her studio window, she is sadly not related to Harry Potter but her Grandad thinks she might be related to the Author and Illustrator Beatrix Potter. (Research is currently in progress to discover if she is.)

Photos by Anna Morgan Photography

You can find more about Hayley on her website.
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