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I’m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Originally from Budapest, Hungary, now based in Banbury, Oxfordshire, I’ve always been making things since I was a little child. One of my earliest memories is from the age of four when I was secretly stitching a present for my mum under my blanket.

Inspired by culture, nature and heritage, I create illustrations that tell stories of past and present. My love of pottery and tile patterns, especially those from the Ottoman times also influence my work. A large part of my image-making is experimenting with textures which I then apply to my hand-drawn illustrations digitally. I’m also the illustrator and author behind Meat in the Middle, a short interactive documentary about the effect of a meat-based diet on the environment.

Recent clients include Kelmscott Manor, the summer residence of William Morris, the Oxford Playhouse, the Museum of Oxford, Arts at the Old Fire Station & Uncomfortable Oxford. Follow me on instagram or facebook or feel free to explore my portfolio and get in touch for commissions or collaborations for both print & digital projects. I would love to hear about you and help you the best I can!

Kati Lacey freelance illustrator and graphic designer Banbury Oxford
Image credit: Judit Spanyar

What others have to say…

Kati was a pleasure to work with and delivered beautiful work in a very quick time frame. We approached Kati having seen her work for Uncomfortable Oxford, for a children’s’ show at the theatre. We were working on a tight schedule and Kati was fantastic, open to discuss and ideas about the brief with the creatives and to taking notes and formatting requests from our Marketing team. Her process was transparent and excellently planned, allowing for feedback despite the tight turn around. The resulting work is magical and more than we could have hoped for.

Eleanor Warr
Oxford Playhouse

Kati went above and beyond the brief and delivered the project in a timely manner. She worked with us to find an outcome that really fitted what we were trying to achieve. We are very happy with the result!

Kate Toomey
Museum of Oxford

Kati has been a pleasure to work with. Her dedication to the project has been consistent from the first minute to the last. She captured perfectly what the Old Fire Station stands for through her extensive research, unique way of seeing, beautiful colour palette and dreamy characters. We are overjoyed with the result!

Justine Malone
Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

We’re so lucky to be working with such a talented and curious illustrator! Kati’s talent is not just her delicate graphics, but also the wit and insight that she instills in them!

The Team @
Uncomfortable Oxford

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