Sophie Gainsley - Illustration & Design


Work celebrating Britain's diverse and disappearing wildlife.
Including a new climate art series "As the Waters Rise", "Climate Regufee" series and other pieces, just for fun. See my Instagram page for the latest updates
Published works new & old, (books and online).
This is our extended family album. Portraits
of some of our lesser known cousins. Meet the family! We often donít think about our monkey and primate cousins and often forget just how closely related we all are. And itís not just primates, we are closely related to all life forms on earth. Itís not long, evolutionary speaking, since we were green slime covering the sea floor.
A healthy respect for nature is the key to a sustainable, brighter future for us and everything else on our small blue planet. By remembering our past we can re-imagine our future.
For the first time in the history of our planet, life in the form of humans have a decisive choice to make; we can either continue to alter the chemistry of our thin, fragile atmosphere and the world's ecosystems at our peril, or, we can rise to the challenge of climate change and alter our ways. We have the intelligence, creativity and tools to generate clean energy, re-establish symbiotic relationships and cherish all other life forms on Earth. the choice is ours to make.
íFinders Keepersí is a selection of poems by Harry Man examining Britainís vanishing wildlife with illustrations by Sophie Gainsley.

These poems will be hung and geocached in public spaces across the country
to memorialise these lost voices and to celebrate some of the success stories of species brought back from the brink and the conservation of British woodlands, hedgerows, rivers and other wild habitats.

A pamphlet of poems from the project was published by Sidekick Books in Autumn 2015
Co-authored publication with Wayne Holloway-Smith, showcasing a selection of poetry from his poetry salon events. Published by Sidekick Books.
Everything in this exhibition is related to or refers to the end of this Ice Age - an event which we know as Global Warming. As polar ice caps melt they unlock 90% of the Earthís water held in the ice sheets of the Antarctic and glaciers. As consequence, ocean levels heighten and the fragile eco systems which bind animal & plant to their environment, will be forced to adapt to a new world.

We endeavor to celebrate the beauty of this changing land. Collaboration with artist Martha Webb and a selection of London's talented poets who submitted poems for this exhibition.
An installation for the poet Wayne Holloway-Smith for a Poetry Reading Night
Live collaboration project with the National Theatre.
Within a group or four, we designed an installation piece for a youth performance to highlight the issue of Global Warming.

I chose to study the formation of ice crystals which developed into a rising and falling crystal structure (mimicking the rising of sea level) which would rise during the performance to allow actors more freedom, but fall again as the lights fade on the stage.
This book explores an action which lasts for a fraction of a second 16 times an hour. The blink of an eye may be brief, but each time we open our eyes, light burns an image on to our retina only to fade once we close them. The traces of the images can be seen when we close our eyes to see an animation of light despite the darkness. As analysis delves deeper & deeper into their subject matter to discover more, so to this book attempts to illustrate this transient moment in microcosm, questioning what happens to an image once it fades. I made the stop-motion animation into a flip book also.