Beautiful graphic design + engaging illustration for

Heritage Organisations

Are you a museum, cultural centre or heritage site in need of a graphic designer and illustrator? I’m here to help.

I’m a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Oxfordshire and I create graphic design with engaging illustrations for heritage organisations, such as a museums, galleries, art centres, local authorities and historic venues.

Graphic Design
& Illustration


Whether you are looking to attract new visitors or engage your existing patrons, there are many ways I could help you stand out: from illustrated maps to exhibition catalogues.

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Illustrated Maps & Family Trails 

An illustrated map is a beautiful, fun and functional way to provide your visitors – young and old – with an overview of your grounds and the activities you offer, while illustrated family trails will inspire adventure and learning in your younger visitors.

By using narrative imagery (as in the example above), the map can be turned into an educational tool for children to learn about your venue.

Kyoto Garden Wall Art Print - A high quality giclee print of an illustration of Kyoto Garden in London that shows a Japanese and a British person kneeling next to each other under their umbrellas admiring the park that is made up of English roses and Japanese cherries


My poster designs are an eye-catching way to attract new visitors and promote key events in your calendar. By listening closely to your needs, I will create a design which communicates exactly what you want to say.

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Book Design

I create exhibition catalogues, cookbooks, brochures and calendars in a style that meets your brand guidelines and the spirit of the project that it serves.


Banner Advert

Illustrations are great to show off what your organisation stands for. A banner can succintly sum up everything that a first visitor needs to know. What’s more, you can adjust the tone of voice to best suit your message.

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Leaflets & Printed Materials

With a lot of experience in creating print-ready materials, I produce attractive leaflet designs that appeal to your target audience while ensuring that it meets your printer’s requirements.


No matter if it’s an event, a theatre performace or a puppet show, a well-designed advert with illustrated elements is the best way to attract a wide audiece.

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Educational Materials 

Whether for school visits or on-site training, illustration and graphic design can bring your learning materials to life. What is more, as a former teacher, I bring creativity and understanding to the art of designing effective educational materials.

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If you have a shop, illustrated merchandise provides visitors with the opportunity to take home a distinctive memento from a great day out.

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What others have to say…

“The illustrations and site-map that Kati has created for Kelmscott Manor are really very successful and everyone associated with the National Lottery Heritage Fund project was equally impressed with their clarity and the way in which the drawings of the Morris family members, birds and other characters work so well with the typography. She has made a delightful contribution to the Interpretation of the Manor and its outbuildings.”

Peter Cormack MBE FSA
Hon. Curatorial Adviser, Kelmscott Manor

“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 an utter delight to work with and her illustrations have already become a treasured part of our College community. Now, with the map, we have a lovely (and very useful!) souvenir to give our visitors!

Maryanne Saunders
Lincoln College

“Working to a tight deadline, Kati developed a range of characters, a set of icons and an infographic poster for us. Her process and service was genuinely excellent, and we couldn’t be happier with the results!”

Jack Barton
Primary Care International

“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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