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Hannah Longmuir | ARTIST & FOUNDER

I’m an artist whose great love is the countryside. I record the little corner of the world that I’m lucky enough to live in. Using pencils, biro and watercolour, I fill my sketchbook with drawings and notes.  I then layer thousands of little pencil marks to build delicate, detailed drawings of the fields, hedgerows, skies and woodlands around me.

I aim to create calm, delicate drawings, carefully observed and full of character. I then use these drawings to create my range of nature-inspired cards, calendars, prints and stationery.

My work captures a moment in time and conveys the sense of stillness and peace that I feel when I am in the countryside.

I live in the Scottish Borders with my husband, Ross, and our two kids. I’m so excited for the kids to grow up in the same landscape as I grew up in. We love exploring the woodland where we live together. I take my camera and my sketchbook and I try to look carefully at the world (see the blog for lots of my sketch journal pages).  For me it is all about building connections – connections with nature and connections with each other. I would love to think that my work inspires others to reconnect with the countryside around them, and perhaps even to have a go at drawing it themselves. I also love that people choose my cards and gifts to send to others when they want to reach out on a special occasion or to show support at a tough time or just to say hello.  

If you are interested in stocking the paper goods in your lovely shop, please contact me  for a trade catalogue. I would love to work with you.

The Story

So Far...

I officially launched my business in 2011 but the story really began when I was a little girl.

I grew up here in the Scottish Borders countryside and was always bringing home pebbles and caterpillars and feathers and toads to draw. My mum said I needed to live in a paper factory rather than a house because I went through so much paper for my drawings.

And then, many years later, while working in a library and drawing in all my spare time, I had the idea to combine my loves of nature, drawing and beautiful paper goods into a business. Horribly under-qualified, and without much of a plan, I quit my library job and moved back to the Borders.

Once back home, I acquired the world’s worst behaved puppy which meant I had to head out walking for several hours a day to try to exhaust him. I began drawing what I’d seen on those walks and re-discovered my passion for drawing the countryside. From there, I gradually built a business creating lovely quality, sustainable, nature-inspired paper goods.  I have a studio in our house. My wonderful neighbour, Brenda, helps me pack and ship orders all over the world.

My little business is now 12 years old and I'm just as excited about it as I was way back at the beginning.

I'm now a working mum

which means that we are only dispatching orders once a week while the newest baby is small. Thank you for understanding!

The Studio

We moved four summers ago to a house in the most magical woodland. We are surrounded by bunnies, squirrels, wood pigeons, deer and owls. Most days we are shouted at by the grumpy heron on the river.

We see tree creepers in the woodland and nuthatches, woodpeckers, long tailed tits, goldfinches and pheasants in the garden. There’s a nosy robin who sits on the handles of our French doors and peers into the living room.

Living here, so far, has been a dream.

I have a studio in the house. It is a cardboard kingdom stacked to the ceiling with product and pictures. I am not tidy. The dream would be to have a shop one day with plenty of space for visitors.

When I’m not drawing, my favourite things are: winter beach walks, swallows, peas, pain au raisin, hedgehogs and letter writing. Seeing a heron makes me happy.

If you’re interested in seeing (lots) more pics of the studio, where I live, and my work, you can follow me on Instagram.

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