Cathy Brett

Illustrator

Cathy Brett is a book illustrator, printmaker, writer, portrait artist and model-maker. She is the author of award winning illustrated books and graphic novels, and is the co-creator of the 'Electrigirl' Series for Oxford University Press (with Jo Cotterill). In 2019, Cathy and her graphic novella, 'Mary and Agnes', were featured in a BBC ALBA film, 'The President's Mother', the true story of Hebridean teenager Mary Ann Macleod (Trump) and her pen pal Agnes Stiven (Cathy's grandmother). At the end of 2019 Cathy visited the Isles of Harris and Lewis for the film's UK premiere, and created a huge body of work in response to the island landscapes, seascapes and people, including paintings, prints and textile pieces using Harris Tweed. In 2018, her long-form comic, 'Who Killed JoJo?', was a finalist in both the Myriad Editions First Graphic Novel Award and the Laydeez Do Comics Prize. Cathy is a teacher and university lecturer, delivering illustration and printmaking seminars and workshops across the country at schools, colleges, private studios and her own Leatherhead Studio. She is also a commissioned portrait artist working in acrylics and mixed media. Cathy is artist and PR for Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands, a volunteer-run conservation charity restoring the wetland habitats of The Great Marsh. She is currently editing and illustrating a book about the project (to be published in 2021). In 2020, as a response to Lockdown, Cathy expanded her GingerDoodlePrints brand (Etsy.com/uk/shop/GingerDoodlePrints) and developed a range of printed and hand-painted up-cycled ceramics, textiles, clothing, homeware, vintage furniture and dolls houses. She will be teaching narrative illustration and graphic storytelling courses at Guildford College from September 2021.