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My love for drawing, painting and textiles came from a creative upbringing. My mother taught me to use a sewing machine at a young age. I was also fortunate to have an enthusiastic textiles teacher at high school who taught us to treat textile design as an art form. She encouraged her students to keep a sketchbook and work from our own drawings. My first repeat print was a one colour design from a pine cone screen printed in purple onto blue cotton sheeting. I made a long skirt out of it and thought I looked the bees knees!

I am very lucky to live on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, Australia. The beautiful surroundings are a constant inspiration for my sketching, painting and pattern making.

Originally from the UK, I came to Australia with a young family in 2004. I was a primary school teacher for ten years and chose to further my training in art and design when my children were young. I have been illustrating professionally since 2012 after graduating from Chisholm Institute, Melbourne. I had my first picture book published that year and have gone on to illustrate more than 20 publications. Publishers include

Hachette Children’s Books Australia

The National Library of Australia

Ford Street

New Frontier

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All my experience in art and design from those first graduate exhibitions, learning how to draw portraits, illustrating children’s books and pattern design has been a wonderful path to follow. I hope that you enjoy my work and that I can help you with what you are looking for.

Painting, drawing, illustration and design is where I am most at home. That and watching a movie on a Friday night with my kids and pizza!

Karen Erasmus


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