Illustrator and Silk-screen Artist

Melissa North

Melissa is a London based illustrator and screenprinter creating vibrant artworks with a silk-screen print aesthetic. Influenced by analogue processes, Melissa collages together photographs, drawings and handmade textures, resulting in layered illustrations that have a tactile quality. Her bright and bold colour palettes are inspired by those that she has used in her print studio. Years of mixing pigments by eye and adopting a playful approach to printmaking has made Melissa an expert in colour, and one of her greatest joys is discovering new and surprising combinations. 

A lover of travel and nature, Melissa draws inspiration from the places she has been (or would like to go to) with a particular focus on biodiversity. Bringing her images to life with a narrative is an important part of Melissa’s process and inspiration for this is found by researching local history, wildlife or looking to the architecture and urban details of a location.

Melissa’s work has spanned an entire deck of a cruise ship, uplifted hospital spaces, embellished designer wallets and been emblazoned on digital billboards.

Selected clients include: Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, CW+, Landor & Fitch, Liechtenstein National Museum, Printclub London, SAGA UK, SMC Design, Trove Wallets.

Melissa is also the co-founder of Underway Studio, an illustration and printmaking collective based in Brixton. She collaborates with the members of Underway Studio on limited edition prints and leads regular screenprinting workshops at their Brixton studio.

Say Hello

Melissa loves hearing about new project ideas and opportunities for collaboration. If you would like to work together, discuss an idea for a project or feature work, please get in contact via email on:

What Clients Say About Working With Melissa

” CW+ commissioned Melissa to produce a series of site-specific artworks for Nell Gwynne Ward, the Stroke and Neurology rehabilitation ward at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. She created a bespoke series of corridor wall graphics that encompass the entire ward. It has been a pleasure to work with Melissa on the commission. We are thrilled with the impactful design which will enhance the ward environment and the experience for all those who visit.” – Trystan Hawkins, Arts Director at CW+

” Over the course of 6 months, Melissa created a series of 48 unique collage designs for our client, capturing scenes and landscapes from a broad range of regions within the British Isles. Melissa responded to the brief in a thoughtful, meticulous and novel way. SMC Design and our client are delighted with the finished pieces, they create a beautiful narrative within the long corridor spaces, and different elements and hidden motifs reveal themselves over time. The pieces will be encouraging conversation with passengers for years to come.” – Jennie Drummond, SMC Design

See Melissa’s Work Featured By: