Ink & Sticks was set up by Alison, a graphic designer and illustrator.

It seems the most obvious thing to say, that I’m passionate about design, but I am. I’ve always loved drawing, painting and creating. I was obsessed with marbling paper when I was younger, covering everything and wrapping up gifts with marbled paper.

Having worked as a graphic designer for over 12 years I have worked for a wide range of clients covering a variety of industries. Over this time I have gained a real love of typography - finding the right typefaces for a job and crafting them to sit perfectly on the page. I still love to learn new skills and techniques and enjoy perfecting my calligraphy, experimenting with wax sealing and finding beautiful papers and special print finishes.

I’m very fortunate to live in a beautiful area of the countryside between Staffordshire and Cheshire. Surrounded by fields, trees and rivers I often get inspired when I am out walking. My studio is based at home complete with log burner for those cold days (I’m one of those people who is always cold!) I love working from here with my labrador Ozzy curled up under my desk.

When I’m not busy working in my studio you can find me spending time with my husband Joe and our three year old daughter Ruby. And if I’m not in my studio or running round after Ruby I’ll be trying to finish another decorating job in our renovated house or relaxing doing some yoga or Pilates.