I visited Kristjana in her brightly studio in south-west London, which is covered with artworks – both her own and antique reference works – and real stuffed and/or mounted animals, birds and butterflies.

Inside this menagerie, Kristjana told me why she wanted to do a children's book, how she got involved in the project with Wide Eyed Books, and her approach to creating her wonderful artworks digitally – including the techniques she used to create animals that are true to life, if not quite completely real.

Kristjana started her studio four years ago after running design and fashion boutique Beyond The Valley, and now employs a team of three. She's produced artworks, fabrics and homewares for personal and private commissions – as well as for sale through the likes of Outline Artists – with clients ranging from Harrods to Triumph.

Living in London after moving from her native Iceland – the city plays a big part in many of her works, which has lead to commissions for The Shard and Transport for London, as well as the print of hers being sold in the V&A museum's shop.

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