Owen Gildersleeve is an Artist Based in London, Specialising in Handcrafted Illustration, Set Design and Art Direction

Owen Gildersleeve's work often plays with light and shadow, combining hand-cut layers of paper with graphical forms and hand-rendered typography. His creations range from small-scale intricate paper illustrations to large-scale sets and installations.

Owen often enjoys managing all aspects of the project, from the initial idea creation and design, to the papercutting, photography and final retouching. His larger-scale projects also see him collaborate with other creatives, including photographers, animators, stylists, and developers, to design dynamic installations and bring them into being. 

Owen's playful handcrafted creations have won him numerous awards and have seen him produce work for an array of international clients including Google, LUSH, Vogue, Nissan and The New York Times. Owen's work has also been exhibited across the world, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo and Bangkok. 

Published in 2014, Owen’s first book Paper Cut celebrates the skilled creative practice of 25 leading papercraft artists from around the world. In June 2017 Owen's second book My Amazing Body Machine was published by DK, a voyage into the human body created in collaboration with celebrated scientist Robert Winston.


Owen Gildersleeve Ltd.

Studio F12, 23 - 27 Arcola Street,

London, E8 2DJ, UK

European Representation

American Representation

Selected Clients

Selected Exhibitions

  • Discoverer's Alliance

    2015, Downstairs at Mother, London

  • Atmosphere Exhibition

    2014, One Ounce for Onion, Bangkok

  • Paper Cut: The Exhibition

    2014, The Proud Archivist, London

  • Soirée Graphique 2014

    2014, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland

  • A Family Affair

    2012, Fallon, London

  • Pick Me Up

    2012, Somerset House, London

  • A Baker's Dozen

    2012, Ted Baker, New York

  • ADC Young Guns 9

    2011, Art Directors Club, New York

  • Hello UK Graphics

    2010, PARCO, Tokyo

  • Turn Up the Colour

    2010, Analogue Books, Edinburgh

  • Who's In Charge?

    2010, Dreamspace Gallery, London

Selected Awards

  • Award of Excellence

    2016, The Society for News Design, Orlando

  • World Illustration Award Shortlist

    2015, Association of Illustrators, London

  • YCN Professional Award Winner

    2014, You Can Now, London

  • ADC Young Guns 9 Winner

    2011, Art Directors Club, New York

  • TDC 55 Winner

    2009, Type Directors Club, New York

Talks & Workshops

  • Ears & Eyes Talk

    2016, The Beacon, Hastings

  • Visiting Lecturer

    2014 - 2016, Kingston University

  • Paper Cut: The Artists Talk

    2014, The Proud Archivist Gallery, London

  • Heavy Pencil Workshop

    2014, Pick Me Up, London

  • You Can Now: Illustrate

    2013, Shoreditch House, London

  • D&AD New Blood Workshop

    2012, London

  • ADC x Apple Talk

    2012, Apple Store, Regent Street, London

  • How We Got to Where We Are Now

    2011, Brighton University