Kate Herbert

Manchester, Greater Manchester, GB


Hi, I’m Kate, an illustrator and surface designer working out of my lovely studio in Manchester, UK, creating beautiful, textural illustrations in soft muted palettes.

I live with my husband and our two young sons. When it comes to books, we have one rule in our house: there is no limit!

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved getting lost in the wonderful world of children’s books. As a child, I was always drawn to illustrations that were packed with imaginative details and loved studying them, getting immersed in their worlds.

I studied theatre design at university, which only enhanced my love of storytelling. Now that I’m a mum, I have the privilege of sharing my passion with my two young boys and watching their love for books grow.

I am endlessly inspired by nature, fairytale, folk music, miniature worlds and the changing seasons.

Maps By Kate Herbert

The Bridges of Urmston in Manchester, UK by Kate Herbert

Manchester, Greater Manchester, GB


My 4 year old son is obsessed with trains so when his nursery was closed last year, we spent many a happy hour touring the bridges of our home town and getting to know our local area in a new way. Nothing would make him happier than to get a toot and wave from a train driver while we waved enthusiastically from the bridge! We developed our own set of nicknames for each bridge, most of which were coined by my son, and those are the names included on my map, The Bridges of Urmston.