About: Katherina Manolessou grew up in Greece where she studied Chemistry. In 1995 she moved to London to work as a 2D animator and has lived there ever since. She went on to study Illustration at Kingston University and Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. Her work includes commercial illustration commissions as well as personal projects such as artist’s books and limited edition prints. Katherina’s illustration clients include Ted Baker, Prospect magazine, The Guardian and Random House (for a full client list see here). She works from the East London Printmakers studio where she screenprints her work.


Katherina is also Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts and part-time Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster.


In 2011 Katherina successfully completed her practice-based PhD on animal characterisation in children’s picturebooks (supervisors: Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles). Zoom Zoom Zoom, the picturebook that she developed during her research project, was published by Macmillan Children’s Books in January 2014. A part of the PhD has been published as a paper in the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice.


For a more detailed CV please see here