Hannah Longmuir is a countryside artist based in the Scottish Borders. Working mainly in pencil, she records the details of the fields and woodlands and hedgerows around her. She creates calm, delicate drawings, carefully observed and full of character. She then uses these drawings to create her beautiful range of nature-inspired cards and stationery.
Her work captures a moment in time and conveys the sense of stillness and peace that she feels when she is in the countryside. She has a very energetic dog who needs a lot of exercise so they head out and explore on a daily basis, in all weathers. Hannah takes her camera and her sketchbook and tries to look carefully at the world. She would love to think that her work inspires others to reconnect with the countryside around them, and perhaps even to have a go at drawing it themselves. You can see some of her sketchbook work on her blog.
If you are interested in stocking Hannah’s paper goods in your lovely shop, please contact her.
Here’s a very short film by Kevin Greenfield Photography for the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2017
Hannah launched her business in 2011 but the story really began when she was a little girl. She grew up in the Scottish Borders countryside and was always bringing home pebbles and caterpillars and feathers and toads to draw. Her mum said she needed to live in a paper factory rather than a house because she went through so much paper for her drawings.
And then, many years later, while working in a library and drawing in all her spare time, she had the idea to combine her loves of nature, drawing and beautiful paper goods into a business. Horribly under-qualified, and without much of a plan, she quit her library job and moved back to the Borders. Once back home, she aquired the world’s worst behaved puppy which meant she had to head out walking for several hours a day. She began drawing what she’d seen on those walks and re-discovered her passion for drawing the countryside. Seven years later, she still loves running her little business which is inspired by the beautiful countryside all around her.
Recent achievements include: being having a drawing included in the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition 2017; being awarded runner-up Creative Business of the Year 2017 by the Scottish Borders Chambers of Commerce in their annual Business Excellence Awards.
Hannah’s headquarters is a little log cabin named “The Birdhouse”. It sits in the back garden of the cottage she shares with her husband (furniture maker Ross Purves of The Wood Neuk) and their mad soft black dog, Buddy. She can hear the bird’s footsteps as they dance all over the roof of the studio during the day, and watches their busy goings-on in the garden through the window.
Hannah’s dream would be to one day have a space big enough to welcome visitors, but The Birdhouse is just big enough for one, so for now the best way to browse her work is in this online shop, through her stockists,or at an event.
Other than drawing, Hannah’s favourite things are: day trips, winter beach walks, swallows, dating shows on the telly, peas and letter writing. Seeing a heron makes her happy.
If you’re interested in seeing (lots) more pics of the studio, where she lives, and her work, you can follow Hannah on Instagram.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Hannah's kraft cards are lovely, rustic alternatives to the mostly glossy and trite card selection available in most chain stores. The images are both hauntingly melancholy and peaceful.
Wonderful art work and always great service.
Ordered 3 more when I saw it! beautifully drawn and produced. as has been everything from her I have ordered.
Stunning - so life like. Bought as a Christmas present and was very well received. Would certainly recommend to other customers