Handcrafted Design and Illustration

Owen Gildersleeve is an artist based in London, specialising in handcrafted illustration, set design and art direction.

Owen's Illustration work often plays with light and shadow, frequently combining multiple layered paper-cuttings with graphical forms and hand-rendered typography. His playful handcrafted creations have won him numerous awards and have seen him produce illustrations for an array of international clients as well as exhibiting across the world, including New York, London, Tokyo and Bangkok.

Owen Gildersleeve's Studio is a space for art direction, collaboration, curation and experimentation. It is here that Owen and his team aim to explore new ideas and possibilities by working closely with an array of exciting creatives, including photographers, animators and stylists.

Owen's first book Paper Cut was released in June 2014. For this he brought together 25 of the most exciting papercraft artists and illustrators from around the world, delving deep into their working practice, through in-depth interviews and rarely seen behind the scenes imagery. 


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