Laura Hopewell trained as an Illustrator at Nottingham Trent University, and couldn't work without her Swann-Morton 10a scalpel.

Where did you train, and what did you specialise in?

Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University, specialising in Illustration. 

What’s your favourite tool?

I couldn’t work without my Swann-Morton 10a scalpel. Since being introduced to one at college, I’ve barely completed a project without it. Needless to say a box of plasters is also handy. 

What techniques to do you use most?

I generally work by hand, creating illustrations from cut paper, ink and embroidery, with everything starting from pencil sketches and finished using digital editing.  

What’s your favourite piece you’ve created?

This has to be my ABC illustration project (middle left) for which I chose to depict the various environments people live in around the world alongside 3D letters. It was part of my exhibition at this year’s New Designers, where I received the Hallmark Award for design and illustration. 

Which clients have you worked for? 

Since graduating I’ve freelanced as a modelmaker for design agency Fred & Eric, working on TV ads for E4 and Southern Trains. I’ve just finished a six-week placement at Hallmark Cards, where I worked on live briefs for clients such as John Lewis and Sainsbury’s.

One of a series of paper-cut illustrations Laura created for a selection of limericks from Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense