The work of Isobel Barber, a 3D paper artist and illustrator, has graced the covers of our international catalogs and many an email this past season, and is so magnificent, we decided it was time to show it off stateside.
Izzy (as she’s known to family and friends) was born, raised, and still lives in the seaside town of Bournemouth on the UK’s south coast. She works from her home studio under the watchful eye of her schnauzer, Otto.
The artist’s studio is a peaceful sanctuary with doors opening onto a private garden – perfect for Otto to run in and out at his leisure when Izzy is too busy to play!
She came to illustration almost by accident, having initially trained as a textile designer.
One day, while preparing a mock-up for an Elizabethan ruffle collar dress, she discovered her love of working with paper. “I was instantly drawn to its versatility and how it could be manipulated in so many different ways. From that point on everything I did was paper first… the fabric became incidental!”
Her workspace is like her art—cheery and bright. On one wall hangs a chalkboard where she jots down her to-do list and ideas. And her desk is cleaner than you’d imagine: she keeps all her paper and supplies organized and tucked away in storage cabinets. There’s lots of daylight in her studio, and off the rear, French doors lead to a garden.
It was so delightful a place to be, we ended up spending the whole day with her and Otto.