Welcome to Gabrielle Izen Design, home of beautiful greeting cards, stationery, artwork, commissioned work, personalised products and gifts all celebrating different occasions.
I’m an illustrator and modern calligrapher and create all my work by hand using traditional methods; dip pens, Japanese reed pens, Indian inks, watercolour paints, metallic paints and gold leaf. Typography is also used in some of my designs. I studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Chelsea School of Art and was very fortunate to have been taught by Quentin Blake.
I like to tell a story with my work, each artwork creates a mood or memory, all to be treasured. Plants and flowers, messages of love, friendship and kindness to finds on the beach and woodland walks are sources of inspiration. Time is taken to produce the work and the essence is to create a sense of well being in the home. I endeavour to create pieces that people love to give and receive.
I’m keen to support UK industry so all the print and production is done in Kent. The envelopes are made at a Yorkshire mill. They match the cards and are 150gsm, which give a feel of luxury. The paper stock is FSC accredited and carries the ISO 9706 ‘long life’ certification.
The paper waste is recycled or composted. The other waste is either recycled or incinerated at a steam power station in East Kent which generates electricity for the local area. I believe it’s possible to combine beautiful products with sustainability and I’m proud to say my work is made in England.
The greeting cards are now packed in biodegradable cello bags and the journals are sent in green Jiffy bags. Later this year, the plastic mailers will be replaced for paper ones and the art prints will also be packed in biodegradable cello bags.
Please note, I will be using standard cello bags for the greeting cards and prints for the time being at the fairs due to damp and sometimes very wet conditions.
Not On The High Street Partner
Member of The Greeting Card Association
Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday winner
Product photography by Richard Jackson, Forever Creative Photography
Portrait and branding photography by Georgina, Georgina Edwards Photography