Zealous business cards competition – February 31st 2015

Zealous is the site I use to host my work, enter competitions and exhibitions including Float Art London. Most recently I entered a competition on Zealous to have my work featured on their business cards and I’m happy to say I am one of their selected artists!

My work was selected from various entries to be featured – and Studies of Strange Things: scene 2 (forest with lurking figure) was selected to feature on the new card, and I’m super happy as it’s a great way for me to get exposure for my work!  I just received a sample of my work featured on the new Zealous business cards along with a few stickers!

Zealous is a great place to upload your work and enter into various competitions, if you haven’t checked them out before you definitely should now!



Float Art London 2014 – September 24th 2014

This year I exhibited at the Bargehouse on the South Bank in London as part of FloatArt 2014, an event that celebrates the best creative talent emerging from the nations Art colleges.

The exhibition features artists from various disciplines from installation, fine art, photography, sculpture, illustration and other visual arts.

The event begins with an Industry and Press View on Wednesday 24th 2pm-6pm, with a Private View (RSVP only) on Thursday 25th 5.30-8pm

The exhibition is open to the Public on Wednesday 24th-Sunday 28th September 11am-6pm where you can vote for your favourite artist! The winner will receive funding towards their future career.

Competition Winner Announced: Sunday 28th 4pm-6pm

You can view the 2014 catalogue here

To visit Float Art London’s main site, click here



Soapbox Press feature – July 9th 2014

Soapbox Press have featured my work including some studies and final pieces for my series Studies of Strange Things. In the feature I talk about my my work and the techniques that I use, so if you want to know more make sure you read the feature!

To read the feature click here


Design Juices feature – July 1st 2014

Design Juices has featured my illustration series Studies of Strange Things with a short interview about me and my work! It’s great when people share your work and help to promote illustration and new illustrators!

To read the feature click here


Degree Show – June 12th 2014

The Degree Show is up and runs from opening night on Thursday the 12th June until the 4th of July!

My space at the exhibition features my Final Major Project which is inspired by a Japanese folk tale from Lafcadio Hearn’s book Kwaidan. I’ve created 5x A1 prints, a rice paper book with pencil & ink illustrations, smaller development sketches & ink drawings, postcards and business cards.

Degree show


Shellsuit Zombie feature – May 26th 2014

I’ve just been featured as part of Shellsuit Zombie’s Mad Skills Monday and couldn’t be happier! They said some super nice stuff about my work which is a huge compliment.

“Illustration student Natasha Phipps conjures bizarre, smoke-like images of creatures and natural forms, often reminiscent of fantasy works like Pan’s Labyrinth. This style of twisting, curved shapes with sharp edges are also adapted in her very distinctive typographic work.” , Shellsuit Zombie

If you haven’t checked them out before you definitely should!

This is the first time I’ve had my work featured, and it’s a great feeling. It’s certainly bizarre to know that I’ll be finishing university, graduating this summer and knowing this is it!

This has certainly been a confidence boost – providing me the opportunity to pause and reflect on the past 3 years and how far I have come.

To read the feature click here

Shellsuit Zombie


Suspiria, Errol Flynn Filmhouse – April 30th 2014

As part of the Cult Film Club in association with the University of Northampton, Errol Flynn Filmhouse will be screening Suspiria on the 30th of April.

I submitted two designs to promote the screenings for the Cult Film Club, including a poster for Barbarella & Suspiria!

I particularly wanted to produce a piece of illustration for Suspiria as I really love the films by Dario Argento and have only just begun to explore classic italian horror over the last year or so.

For Suspiria I instantly began to think about the building that houses the ballet school, the decor and the large bold varying wallpaper designs that are a backdrop throughout the set. The shapes and forms of art nouveau design which feature throughout, as well as the flashes of colour which makes me think of the neo noir genre really stood out for as key points of inspiration.

I began to think about the building as evil (which houses the coven) & a slow progression into insanity.

The shapes within my own wallpaper design are inspired by the building’s style & the set designs which have gothic, art Nouveau and deco influence.

I also wanted consider a pattern with symbols that echo a more witching association.

Screening Date: Wed 30 April 6:15pm



Barbarella, Errol Flynn Filmhouse – 26th March 2014

Erroll Flynn Filmhouse is a local movie theatre in Northampton and they have teamed up with the media department at the University of Northampton to create the Cult Cinema club – where they will screen the obscure and the classics, allowing audiences to view the films you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to see at the cinema.

Erroll Flynn approached illustration and graphic design students to design a poster for the screening. During the live brief Erroll Flynn Filmhouse described the poster design they were looking for, not necessarily obvious in it’s design but for students to provide their own individual response. With the final outcome to be a 30 x 40 inch landscape design, screen printed movie poster.

My design was inspired by the large hair of the late 60’s. Barbarella has hair evocative of this era, the interior of her space ship is covered in fur and her very first of experiencing sex “the old way” is with an extremely hairy chested man in a fur outfit.

Within the sprawling hair, I’ve hand drawn the type Barbarella. I developed a black and white hand drawn ink piece and a screen print using bright oranges inspired by the colour palette of the late 60s/70s.

The Poster is now featured on their site along with other student responses from the course.

Screening Date: Wed 26th March 6:15pm