Katie Abey is a UK based illustrator, Ravenclaw, sensitive soul and mother to Violet (the human) and Frank (the cat).

Katie designs Positive things for proud weirdos.

Katie illustrates everything from clothing, children's books, cards and now dungarees! 

About Katie Abey Design

Katie Abey Design was opened online in 2014, providing “doses of happiness, motivation, sarcasm and general randomness”. After her most popular product ‘The Mug of Motivation’ took off in 2015, the business eventually grew large enough to open a high-street shop in Alfreton, Derbyshire.


“No two days are the same for me, which is part of why I love my job so much,” Katie says. “I might be working on book projects, ordering stock for our shops, designing new products or venturing out the office for meetings or book promo events. Katie also owns Punnydukes - A bizarre bazaar of magic and mayhem, selling trinkets and treasures from far and wide.

Her bright and colourful work provides illustrative doses of happiness and motivation along with a little dash of sarcasm. She is a big lover of animals and her work often features creatures looking slightly nonchalant, perturbed or even a bit deranged! She likes using a lot of colour in her work and this love of colour is reflected in her brightly coloured studio space and her hair, which frequently changes colour to match its surroundings.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?

A: I wanted to be an artist. I used to draw all the time from an early age. I used to be sure to include people's belly buttons in my earliest work, which worries me slightly as I now have a huge belly button phobia.

Q: Why illustration?

A: Without art the world would certainly be a boring place.

Q: What motivates you to work for yourself?

A: I love each day being different and I am so grateful for the flexibility.

Q: Biggest achievement?

A: My biggest life achievement is my 7 month old daughter Violet who is amazingly weird already.

My biggest work achievement is every single time someone messages me to say that my art helped them in some way. There is no other feeling like it.

Q: Who is a woman you admire and why?

A: A woman I hugely admire is Shirley Hughes who is still illustrating in their 90s - goals!

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