Hannah Firmin

Lino and vinyl cuts

Hannah is a graduate of the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Since leaving college she has worked as a freelance illustrator and printmaker doing work for a wide range of clients including many magazines, newspapers, publishers and advertising/design groups. She can also take commissions through Tiny Gallery.

Hannah uses the relief print as her method of working, using either lino, vinyl or wood as the engraving/cutting material but combining the print with paint and collage.

In 2004 Hannah won 'Best Book Cover of the Year' at the British Book Awards for her cover of Alexander McCall Smith’s book ‘The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’. She also illustrated the covers for the rest of this series.

Another commission was for an American author, Debbie Allen, to illustrate her book ‘Garden Notes from Muddy Creek’ about the making of her garden in Vermont, USA . Hannah spent some time in the USA, working on the project, and has been awarded a Silver Award by the Garden Writers Association for her work.

In 2007 Hannah completed a commission for the National Trust at Dunster Castle, Somerset, to produce a large scale work (8ftx3ft), telling the story of Anthony and Cleopatra. This is on display in the castle.

Hannah has also been a demonstrator six times at ‘Art in Action’, Waterperry, near Oxford.

In April 2008 Hannah showed her work in a joint exhibition with her father, Peter Firmin. He, together with the late Oliver Postgate, created such characters as Noggin the Nog, the Clangers and Bagpuss and is also a prolific printmaker.

Hannah was one of the chosen illustrators who contributed to ‘The Birthday Book’, a collection of prose and poetry edited by Quentin Blake and Michael Morpurgo and published to celebrate Prince Charles’s 60th Birthday in November 2009 and sold to raise money for his charity the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts. 

In 2010 Hannah worked with the Folio Society to illustrate one of three volumes in a set of Folk Tales of Britain, collected and edited by Katherine Briggs. The other two volumes were each illustrated by her father Peter Firmin and Clare Melinsky.

Following on from the success of the first set they were all commissioned to illustrate a second collection of folk tales.