Interview With A Maker: Josephine Dellow

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In our newsletters, we interview our Sheffield Makers to help you better know the businesses you are supporting by shopping with us. And September's interview was the turn of Illustrator, Josephine Dellow.

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Josephine Dellow is a talented Sheffield illustrator who creates fun and uplifting illustrations - and the chances are you already own something with her work on it.

Let's find out a bit more about her . . . 

Hi Josephine, thanks for taking part in this mini interview.

First up, how did you become an illustrator and how long have you been doing it?

I always loved drawing as a child, so I guess I started then! But I first illustrated professionally when I graduated from uni in 2011 and got a work placement at a greetings card company.

I worked in that industry for several years and in that time, I also studied for an MA in Children's Book Illustration and took a screen printing course.

I started making art to sell in 2016 and after a few years, I left the greetings industry to work on my own illustration full time.

How long have you been a part of the Sheffield Makers Winter Gardens team?

It was 2019 when I joined. I'm very proud to be a stockist in this gorgeous shop!

I see you’ve worked with a range of exciting clients from the BBC to the NHS. What’s your favourite piece of work that you’ve created or been involved with?

The piece I like most is usually the last thing I've worked on, which I hope means I'm slowly evolving and improving over time.

It was a unique project to illustrate the murals for the radiology department at Sheffield Royal Hallamshire, it is gratifying to see them fill such a big space.

I've been told by friends and followers that they are a comfort they are to see when they find themselves going for an X-ray, which is lovely to hear!

So we know you as an illustrator, but what’s one thing we might not know about you?

I originally studied Fashion Design at uni, but I changed courses after I had a lightbulb moment and realised that all I wanted to do was draw!

What’s your favourite thing about being an illustrator?

That I can be my own boss and earn a living doing something I love, in my favourite place (home!) - ok that's three things!

And finally, toes for fingers or fingers for toes?!

Fingers for toes please, maybe then I could get twice as much work drawing done (assuming I can only draw with the right-handed ones!)


Josephine Dellow creates the most darling illustrations that you can buy as prints, bags, mugs and more. Check out her full range in store at the Sheffield Makers Winter Gardens shop and see a curated range online:

Shop Here - a link to the James Green Collection of the Sheffield Makers Website

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