I have always been creative, whiling away my childhood; drawing, colouring and trying to make things that I’d seen on Blue Peter. My teenage years of angst were spent listening to grunge and drawing pictures of Kurt Cobain and beer bottles.
For a reason I do not recall I went on to study horticulture at Riseholme college, we had a great time but it didn’t set me up with any career opportunities. I left college and went on to become a teenage mum. Working various retail jobs, it was after I had my second baby at 25 that I heard my calling in life. I was going to be a graphic designer.
So that was that. Off I went to Grantham College, got on the Graphic Design National Diploma course, left 2 years later with a triple distinction. Then onto Nottingham Trent uni, leaving after 3 years with a BA honours in Graphic Design.
But then what? Apply for some jobs? Right after I complete this branding job for a friend… but I never got round to applying for any jobs because that friend recommended me to another friend, who recommended me to another… and before I knew it I was a freelance graphic designer!I worked freelance for the next 8 years, creating websites, beautiful branding, endless leaflets and business cards, illustrations, you name it.
Locally I have created the brand identity for The Trickling Tap, The Tap and Tonic, The Juniper Tap and recently Grantham Gin. The websites for Living Health, Westgate Gallery and I co-run the very popular news site Grantham Matters.
Much of my work has been further afield and I’ve been lucky to design for the British Medical Association, Sticky Content – A Press Association Company, Henry Patterson, Britain’s youngest entrepreneur and his company Not Before Tea.
From 2012 to October 2018 I worked for an exhibition stand contractor and was responsible for all of their design work. This involved all In-house work, from web design and maintenance to marketing materials as well as design work for their clients.
My responsibilities in this area involved designing exhibition stands, creating 3D colour rendered images, drawing up the necessary technical plans and build plans to give to the joinery department, creating the artwork for print or checking artwork that has been sent by clients for any issues that may occur, liaising and meeting with clients and ultimately making them very happy!
Through these I have designed for a huge number of clients; Omron Healthcare, PDSA, Belvoir Fruit Farms, Melia Hotels, Metro Drinks, Bizerba, Multivac, Attends and Creative Products are just a few.
In October 2018 I left the exhibition world to focus on my passion which is branding, I set up Primrose and Bee which is where I am now!
You can find me in Autumn Park Business Centre on Dysart Road, Grantham or contact me to work remotely.
What my client’s say about me…
I was delighted with the calm and matter of fact way that Michele dealt with my website design. It is important to me to feel at ease with this kind of task and I never once felt uncomfortable or stressed with her. I would not hesitate to recommend Michele to anyone looking for graphic design or a website.
Managing Director – Living Health
Michele is a fantastic designer, we have used her for all of our company logos and each one has exceeded expectations! 100% recommend to anybody
The Tap & Tonic / Juniper Tap
We went to Michele with a half- completed, non functioning website after a previous company left us in the lurch. She immediately got to work on it, taking what had been a poorly designed and badly organised site and transforming it into a streamlined, attractive and user friendly site in a matter of days. Michele knows what she is doing and is very professional and reliable.
We commissioned Michele to produce imagery to support a high profile BMA campaign in 2014 called, Your GP Cares. She was able to work creatively with the constraints of our brand to produce graphics which we used in a digital animation that was played in GP practices across the UK. Michele interpreted the brief quickly and was flexible in her approach, particularly when we asked for additional graphics to be produced within tight deadlines. She is a pleasure to work with.
Social Media Manager – British Medical Association
Michele was professional, polite, courteous and did an amazing job designing both my shop logo and my website. The website itself is really functional, logical for customers to use, easy to navigate and looks brilliant. I regularly get really positive comments about the website. Michele’s expertise and advice was invaluable, I’d recommend her to anyone wanting a really personal service – she did a really wonderful job.
I loved working with Michele as she is so good at translating your ideas into images. She won’t come up with an ‘average’ design, they are obviously unique. I’m sure if I’d gone to a big agency in London I wouldn’t have got such a beautiful design.
Omg Michele is the bomb. The. Bomb. *mic drop (cheer!)
Janet - Little White Dress Agency
I’m over the moon with my brand new website. Michele’s eye for detail, her level of expertise, her professionalism and her lovely manner make her SO easy to work with. She’s even captured the very essence of my work in my wonderful logo...and amazingly all this was achieved in quick time and with zero stress! One very happy customer here. Thank you so much Michele
Dani - Head 2 Heal
Michele was very easy to work with and has made my business what it is today!! Everyone comments on how lovely the branding of my business is.
Holly - Bumble Babysitting
Thanks to Michele for the amazing work she did in picking up my sad website and making it look professional and interesting. I feel I can actually promote it now!
She was so helpful, fast and soooo easy to work with!
Jacqui - Pathway MTC
I would highly recommend Michele! She grasped the exact style I wanted for both my Logo and Website, and I couldn’t be happier!
Sheena - Styled by Sheena