Having won ‘Best New Product’ in the Home, Gift & Clothing Category at Glee 2018 for the Meg Hawkins Recycled Aluminium Collection, Tilnar Art’s relationship with wildlife watercolour artist, Meg Hawkins, continues to flourish.
Originally training in art and sculpture, Meg went on to work successfully as a photographer for 16 years, and as a children’s illustrator, before committing to life as an artist four years ago.
Working from her studio in Shropshire, from where she sells her work all over the world, Meg partnered with Tilnar Art last year. She has also recently opened a shop in the Pride Hill Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury, where she stocks her own work including cards, prints, clothing, gift wrap and her sensational splashbacks. Recently added to her extensive range is the Bella (clothing) Collection, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Gift of the Year.
Known and loved for her emotive and joyous range of work, Meg’s latest design for Tilnar Art, the Zoological Collection, is a step away from her usual countryside inspired watercolours. Drawn to the power of animals such as the zebra and the elephant, her images reflect the movement and energy of the subjects she paints: “Strong animals have so much drama and power, providing such variety and inspiration in my work,” explained Meg.
Also new for 2019, and launched at the International Spring Fair, are the hare and bee designs which adorn Tilnar’s signature range of Fair-Trade recycled food safe aluminium bowls, coasters and dishes. “I love to paint bright, colourful and vibrant designs,” stated Meg, who also supplies to the RSPB and has recently been commissioned to design a Christmas card for the RNLI.
Winners of the Midlands Best Rural Business Start Up Category of the Rural Business Awards 2018/19, the future certainly looks bright: “2018 was an extremely exciting year for my brand as I secured major licensing deals and I am thoroughly enjoying working creatively and collaboratively with designers to create the new MHA product ranges. Spring/Summer 2019 will see the official launches of these new products. I am looking forward then to developing these licensing agreements both nationally and internationally and have been working on new fashion and homeware ranges to this end.”
Find Meg’s work at wwwmeghawkins.co.uk and www.tilnarart.co.uk