Highlights of 2017, updates and discount and much more

I have started to look back at 2017, I’m pretty chuffed at what I have achieved!  Here are some of the highlights.  The biggest accolade of the year was representing Dundee in Puebla, Mexico.  Since Dundee is a UNECSO City of Design city my design was used to create a pedestrian crossing.  My design was inspired from my Dundee Delights collection, that includes Dundee Cake and Sunny Dundee imagery, using the worlds favourite colour of Marrs green to capture the river Tay.  The project was to highlight and improve road safety for pedestrians.  I would love to see this happen in Dundee or other places!  Great to see my artwork applied at giant scale.  It makes me wonder, what else could my artwork be applied to?  Any ideas let me know. 

On the 13th October I launched the Dundee Delights collection of greetings cards with clues on social media to find them round the city.  The collection is a range of greetings cards with positive images of Dundee for people to share.  It was great hearing where some of the cards ended up and one travelled over 4000 miles to Florida.  If you have any more stories of my work reaching other corners of the earth, please let me know.

Product Launch

  • An enamel Dundee Cake pin ideal for people who love cake, love Dundee or love Dundee cake!  

  • Dundee Penguins in Woolly hats + scarves Christmas cards.

  • Dundee Cake + Dundee Marmalade Tea Towels, which were popular as Christmas gifts.

  • Tested some hand screen prints, loved playing with the marmalade sky in the Broughty Ferry Castle one

  • You might spot my snails in The Imagineer.  A Colouring & Drawing Adventure in Support of The ARCHIE Foundation Tayside, which features the work of 50 artists you can buy the book from here

Where you can buy my work

  • I set up an online shop on Etsy for people to be able to buy the whole range of tea towels, Dundee cake enamel pin and greetings cards.  You can check it out here

  • Locally you can buy my work from The McManus Galleries shop, VisitScotland in the city square, Dundee Contemporary Arts shop and Pretty Fly in Broughty Ferry. 

You may have also spotted my black + white illustration in Goodfellow & Stevens window. The design includes V&A Dundee, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum, DCA, RRS Discovery, marmalade, Dundee cakes, comics, rail bridge, thistles and a touch of tartan and of course Dundee Cake sky!


On the run up to Christmas I did a festive commissions for the DCA adapting my Dundee Delight image of the DCA with some festive elements and colours.

I created the Urban Quarter festive graphic that included my Dundee Cake with oversized holly, hand written logo, funky polka dots all in their branding colours to fit with their unique style.  They are lovely styish serviced apartments in the heart of Dundee, you can check them out here.
So with all that looking back it helps me plan for the future to know what BIG and small steps I want to take forward, here is a peek into some of my plans so far.
 In January I will be launching a 2 minute promotional video about the process of my work created by Son of the Sea Film & Video.  In February I will launch more designs for the Dundee Delights collection that will include the Dundee Marmalade and the classic Wellgate Clock.  If there is partners or collaborators you think I should be working with, stockist I should be supplying, products you would like to see my work on or commissions you would like to see me do please let me know by dropping me an email hello@louisekirby.com or via my social media  this will all feed into my future planning.

I would like to thank you for follow me, cheering me on, liking, commenting and sharing my social media posts, coming along to the markets and open studios or buying my products.  It all adds to keeping me motivated and allowing me to continue to do what I love.

For those of you who have got to the end of this blog here is a wee reward, please find a 15% discount for my online shop when you spend over £15, up until the end of January. Code is: BLOG2018

Link to online shop here


All the best for 2018!




Launch of new Dundee Delights collection by Louise Kirby

Dundee Delights is a new illustrated greeting cards collection by designer and illustrator Louise Kirby.  Launching on Friday 13th October by giving a fresh and positive image of the city.   Louise will place free cards around the city hoping that the finders will send them to friends and family locally and to the far corners of the globe.  Louise would love to hear of where they end up be it an Aunty in Australia who loved days at the ferry beach as a child, an old school or university friend in another city that you want to hello to, or invite your granny in Lochee for a coffee and cake.  To share where they end up either email Louise Kirby on hello@louisekirby.com or #DundeeDelights on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Louise Kirby Dundee Delights greetings cards celebrate some of the delicious delicacies and iconic places in and around Dundee.  Her designs have a fresh approach to the city whilst retaining the hand drawn qualities.  Designs include Broughty Ferry Beach + Castle, The Dundee Penguins, Dundee cakes, Frank Gehry’s Maggies Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts and The McManus.  This collection is in the World Favourite Colour of Marrs Green and sunshine yellow to capture the positive direction the city is heading.  Dundee, the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design. 

The Dundee Delights collection is available to buy from her Etsy online shop, the Dundee Contemporary Art shop, Pretty Fly in Broughty Ferry and coming soon to Visit Scotland (located in the city square) and directly from Louise Kirby at the WASPS Open Studios on 28th & 29th October 2017, Makers for Maggies on 2nd December 2017.

Designs include:

Broughty Ferry Beach + Castle

Patterned sand looking over to Broughty Ferry castle with a happy sun shiny Dundee cake sky, evoking memories of days at the beach.

The Dundee Penguins

The characterful 5 bronze penguins by sculptor Angela Hunter that make people smile as they walk past and sometimes they have been known to adorn clothes and hats.

9 Dundee Cakes in the Bakers Shop –  available in sunshine yellow + marrs green

Local delicacy of the Dundee Cake, with the lovely pattern of the almonds on top.

Frank Gehry’s Maggies Centre

Maggies Centre designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry here in the city which I believe is evidence of how good design changes peoples’ lives providing a place of calm, support, nurture and tranquility created within a purposeful space. Externally, I enjoy the shape and movement of the roof which I feel echoes the local landscape.

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Creative and cultural hub in Dundee with the curved face of different surfaces which is invites you in to the space which houses 2 cinemas, print studio, galleries and a bar and a restaurant.

The McManus

Dundee’s art gallery and museum in the fantastic gothic revival architecture, I love dramatic staircase and the detail in the architecture.  So many stories lye within this building I particularly love the ceramics, Dundee and the World exhibitions and the Tay whale.