Hi! We are Liz and Kate, twin sisters who work together as freelance designers in Chesterfield and also known as The Pope Twins!
We’ve both loved to doodle from a young age, and went from Chesterfield Art College to Staffordshire University together, graduating in 2001. Our Surface Pattern degree allowed us to explore illustration, decoration, texture, collage and textiles in great detail. Today we continue to apply mixed media to many of our pieces, with a strong emphasis on collage. Playing around with colourful papers can create beautiful results!
Since leaving University, we have illustrated many card ranges, stationery sets, art prints and more than 35 Childrens books! The first book we illustrated will always be a favourite, Wanda’s First Day for The Chicken House – we remember eagerly waiting for Mr Postman to push them through the letterbox!
Liz is at her happiest simply sketching with a pencil, creating designs, characters, storyboards, whilst Kate enjoys combining colour and pattern, layering and creating decorative surfaces. Our skills and styles bind together create something extra unique!
As well as our commercial work, we love to create one off pieces for galleries. We go our separate ways a little here, taking inspiration from journeys to Cornwall, London and surrounding towns of Derbyshire!