Jimbobart was founded by illustrator James Ward in 2009. Inspired by his love of drawing animals and birds, James creates original illustrations on ceramics, homeware, clothing and artwork that mirror or subvert animal behaviour, mirroring human characteristics. He hopes to make people smile – recognising themselves or others – in his designs.
Each piece is designed by James from the Jimbobart studio and shop in Brighton. Following an illustration degree at Westminster University and a visit to Sweden, which introduced him to a huge range of natural history surface design on furnishings and homewares, James began creating and selling, first at markets and then opening his first shop on Columbia Road in London. The Jimbobart shop later moved to a larger space in Shoreditch before James made a move to the seaside.