Welcome to heyhornby, the creative blog of Gloria Hornby, historian turned illustrator. Having always loved scratching away with colouring pencils as a child, I found a creative niche in my last job illustrating children’s trails for the National Trust property  Fountains Abbey, and since then have decided to pursue a career in it. I love developing content for projects and seeing them through from concept to finish, which is why I enjoyed creating children’s trails so much. I’ve also worked on some interpretation for Fountains Abbey which you can see in my portfolio, and I’ll be going into a little more detail about each project as the blog goes on. One project that I’ve recently worked on for Fountains Abbey was illustrating their Christmas trail ‘The twelve days of Christmas’. This was a huge amount of fun, and a real opportunity to bring the characters to life. Each child (or adult!) was given a trail map at the start with the mission to find the ‘cast’ of the twelve days of Christmas, who were scattered throughout the estate (which is enormous by the way – Fountains Abbey is also a UNESCO world heritage site). My twelve illustrations were the clues, which were printed on boards and propped up in different places like so: I also created some illustrations for the trail paper to tie the whole theme together. It was fun picking out random objects from twelve illustrations to create a title and border artwork:



Here is the entire project with the complete ‘cast’. Enjoy!

The twelve days of Christmas

Illustrations for ‘The twelve days of Christmas’ trail at Fountains Abbey in 2014