Based on the theme of summer and designed to evoke the scent and magic of a warm summer's night. Moths are drawn through the darkness to the scent of honeysuckle...
Available as a greeting card and watch this space, mural!
A pattern for summer celebrating bumblebees! Available in pink and light grey, to be applied to stationary items and my own wrapping paper.
The Cricket's Song
Inspired by the sound of singing crickets in the warm summer air, the 'music of the night'.
Available as a greeting card.
Zizzi St Andrews, Mural Commissioned work, 2016
Zizzi asked me to create them a mural to brighten up a section of their restaurant in St Andrews.
"We commissioned Danielle to create this work as part of our ongoing commitment to developing fresh talent and giving graduates a stage to showcase their skills. We have been featuring their work within our restaurant environment and through bespoke illustrations created for a wide variety of projects. Danielle is just one of a team of young talented artists and designers we are working with at Zizzi."
The mural for Zizzi St Andrews was inspired by the fantastic variety and colour of the sea plants and creatures found at low tide on the beautiful beach of the town. The rock pools in particular hold endless treasures in vivid colours and shapes. With each new tide everything is fresh and renewed, and combined with the motion of the sea, this is what I wanted to bring to the restaurant with my design.
A selection of patterns inspired by nature. Applied to stationary items and sold locally.
In the Rainforest: I
Bengal Tiger, Indian Rainforests
Personal work, 2015
My three new pieces take inspiration from amazing locations around the world and some of their most iconic inhabitants; the Bengal Tiger in the Indian Rainforest, the Indochinese Leopard in Malaysia and the Jaguar of the great Amazon Jungle. This work aims to celebrate the beauty of the rainforests these majestic creatures reside in, and show a glimpse of the intrinsic, essential relationship between animal and habitat. All three of these big cats are an endangered or threatened species, and deforestation or loss of habitat is a leading cause. With time being of the essence, a donation of £5.00 will be made to the World Land Trust for every purchase of a Big Cat print, which will go towards helping protect rainforests worldwide.
The Homeless Bee & Me
Commissioned work, 2015
In November 2015 Friends of the Earth published The Homeless Bee and Me, written by David Greaves and illustrated by myself. I was chosen to illustrate the book after submitting my portfolio to Friends of the Earth. In less than a month, the project was successfully crowdfunded and the illustrations began.
To buy the book, please visit http://www.homelessbee.starringstorys.co.uk/
"The aim of this Friends of the Earth book is to teach young children why bees are so important in a fun and engaging way.
This personalised story will put your son, daughter, nephew, niece, grand-son or grand-daughter at the centre of the tale. It will also take them on a journey to realise why we should embrace and respect nature.
Money raised from sales of the book will help us to protect the wellbeing of people and planet, including our vital work to protect bees. This is helping to create bee-friendly spaces all over the country and protect Britain’s bees from nasty chemicals.
Hugely talented new author David Greaves and exceptional graduate Danielle Callaghan, who won a competition to illustrate the book, have both had great fun in creating what is sure to be a bed-time favourite."
Friends of the Earth, 2015
Personal project, 2013
A response to worldwide amphibian decline, the inspiration for this piece sparked from a particular piece of writing: Ghosts in Our Midst by Scott Norris. ‘Around the world and in large numbers, amphibians are declining both where their habitat is being destroyed and in remote areas that appear to our words pristine’. (Norris) A creature contained in such delicate skin will always be one of the first creatures to feel the effects of pollution, pesticides and climate change, and for this reason the frog among other amphibians are often referred to as the ‘Canaries in the Coalmine’
May The Hunter Retreat
May the Hunter Retreat Album Artwork
I was commissioned by Skylark Song to create full album artwork for their second album, May The Hunter Retreat. Their new album has already gained praise such as "Lo-fi masterpiece...Simply wonderful, deep, dark and mysterious." (NE-MM magazine) and "There are gems throughout ... it would be a crime if May The Hunter Retreat doesn't feature in any forthcoming awards" (AmericanaUK). I found the music ethereal, mysterious and beautiful. I took inspiration from the title track, May the Hunter Retreat, and used the Ancient Greek Huntress Artemis as my starting point. Skylark song often refer to nature, and I used birds and plants to draw on this. Olive vines in the background represent peace, and the detail reflects the complexity found in the album.
Created for Skylark Song's first album release, Relent, I was commissioned to create artwork to accompany their beautiful folk music. Having previously worked with Skylark Song on the album art for their 2 single releases (South American Skies, Relent), they gave me an open brief. I was taken by the way the elements feature in their lyrics; nature is prominent, as are fire, earth, sky and sea. I aimed to create gentle movement to reflect the music.
A limited amount of 25x25 cm Giclee Prints are available. Contact me directly.
South American Skies
South American Skies, 2013
Skylark Song commissioned the artwork for the second single release, South American Skies. Based on a family member's experiences and the Shipyards of the Tyne, I took inspiration from industrial photos of the Tyne and juxtaposed it with the vivid colours of South America, the motion of the sea playing an important part in the composition.
Limited Edition Giclee Prints are available, contact me directly.