Owen Gildersleeve is a set designer and illustrator based in London.

His work explores a range of handcrafted techniques and applications and he enjoys collaborating with photographers, animators, and stylists to help bring his ideas to life. Owen's playful, handcrafted creations have won him numerous awards including an ADC Young Guns 9 award in 2011, and a YCN Professional Award in 2014. His work has also been exhibited across the world including London, New York, Tokyo and Bangkok.

Owen's first book Paper Cut was released in June 2014. For this he brought together 25 of the most exciting papercraft artists and illustrators from around the world, delving deep into their working practice, through in-depth interviews and rarely seen behind the scenes imagery. The accompanying exhibition launched in August 2014, showcasing original artworks from a selection of the featured artists.


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Owen Gildersleeve,
Studio F11, 23 - 27 Arcola Street,
London, E8 2DJ, UK


MP Arts – UK

Agent Pekka
 – Europe

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Selected Clients

Advertising & Commercial – Art Director's Club, Ben & Jerry's, Benefit, Body Shop, The British Council, Cadbury's, Glasgow Film Festival, Fiat, Global Blue, Google, Harrods, Kiehl's, KPMG, Lactofree, Maersk, Milka, Motilo, Nestea, Not on the High Street, NSPCC, Ocado, Outdoor Finland, Paulig, Procter & Gamble, Rolex, Royal Mail, Transport for London.

Editorial & Publishing
– Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Computer Arts Magazine, Conde Nast, Ebony, Esquire Magazine, Fast Company Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Grafia, The Guardian, Harvard Business Review, HHMI Bulletin, House & Gardens, I.D. Magazine, The Independent, The New York Times, Scientific American, SHOP, Shortlist, Stanford Business Magazine, TIME, Wallpaper*, Wired, Wonderland, Vogue.


World Illustration Award Shortlist, 2015, Association of Illustrators
3x3 Illustration Show, Honorable Mention, 2015, 
YCN Professional Award
, 2014, You Can Now, London
ADC Young Guns 9 Winner, 2011, Art Directors Club, New York
TDC 55 Winner, 2009, Type Directors Club, New York

Talks & Workshops

An Introduction to Papercutting Workshop – September 2014, The Proud Archivist, London
Paper Cut: The Artists Talk 
– September 2014, The Proud Archivist Gallery, London
'Heavy Pencil' Workshop
– May 2014, Pick Me Up, London
'Paper Cut' Workshop & Talk 
– January 2014, Kingston University, London
'You Can Now: Illustrate' Talk – April 2013, Shoreditch House, London
Many Hands D&AD New Blood Workshop – June 2012, London
'ADC x Apple' Talk – March 2012, Apple Store, Regent Street, London
How We Got to Where We Are Now: Evening Tweed – 2011, Brighton University


Discoverer's Alliance – June 2015, Downstairs at Mother, London
Atmosphere Exhibition
– November 2014, One Ounce for Onion, Bangkok
Paper Cut: The Exhibition – September 2014, The Proud Archivist, London
Soirée Graphique 2014 – August 2014, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
Pick Me Up – April 2014, Somerset House, London
A Family Affair – May 2012, Fallon, London
Pick Me Up – April 2012, Somerset House, Londo
A Baker's Dozen  April 2012, Ted Baker, New York
ADC Young Guns 9 Exhibition October 2011, Art Directors Club, New York
Pick Me Up – March 2011, Somerset House, London
Hello London – August 2010, PARCO, Tokyo
Turn Up the Colour – July - August 2010, Analogue Books, Edinburgh
Who's In Charge – 5th - 16th July 2010, Dreamspace Gallery, London
Fallon Festival – May 2010, Fallon, London


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