Natalie Born




Natalie is an illustrator and designer currently living in Switzerland. Her work is a playful exploration of humorous characters, whimsical animals and graphic botanicals.

By cutting, pasting, slicing, manipulating and coloring paper into simple shapes and forms, she experiments with hybrids and contrasts that curiously fascinate her, finding endless possibilities . Perhaps it is a reflection of her multi-cultural upbringing that informs her approach. She loves to continuously create and invent, finding it necessary to be hands on with her work while using her beloved scalpel, pattern-cutting tools, fine-liners, brush pen, colourful markers, adhesive-roll and correction tape. Natalie’s illustrations reflect her long time involvement and passion with fashion, which she studied at St. Martin’s College in London, a celebrated university where she also lectured. Her sketchbooks embody treasures where her artistic innovations and narrations are let loose and developed. These unique paper-cut illustrations, linear drawings, doodles and patterns are then fine-tuned to form compositions which are used as prints for textiles, stationery and apparel. 

Other influences include art, design, nature and music. However, her biggest inspiration and critique is her son who inspired the Alphabet print, which she designed when he started to read and write.