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In 2016 I moved to Shetland, making the journey in my sailing boat to Scalloway where I  live afloat in my boat, also I rent a studio here, where I run my design and illustration business.

My work includes original paper cut art work featuring bold Shetland and Scandinavian imagery of landscapes and people.

I specialised in knitwear design as part of my BA in Textile Design, however it is illustrative design that is now my passion, and that is where most of my energy is directed.

I work in a number of different mediums including paint, collage, paper cut and shadow box, last year during a winter spent in Norway I was experimenting with drawings and embroidery on old sail cloth.

I like to sketch from life to sit at the edges where land meets sea, to look at the birds flying overhead and nesting on the cliffs and to watch the boats coming and going.

I also work to commission and have produced designs for packaging, cards, book covers, prints  and pieces for private collections.

I have led outdoor sketching workshops independently and for Shetland Adult learning and held Zoom workshops on my boat whilst at anchor on the coast of Norway to folk from such geographically diverse places as Australia, Alaska California and Shetland. One of the discoveries of Covid times is working from anywhere with a wifi connection.

My work is stocked in various outlets in Shetland and across Scotland.

For my most up to date work take a look at my @gillybridle instagram page (link above)

Please get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to discuss an idea.


Gilly B

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1 Meadowfield Road, Scalloway, Shetland, ZE1 0UB

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