Queer illustrator behind a cheerful and inclusive design

LGBT illustrator creates Red Nose Day t-shirt to support Comic Relief (Lizzie Knott/Red Nose Day 2022)

For this year’s Red Nose Day t-shirts, Comic Relief enlisted 11 artists from different disciplines, communities and backgrounds.

One of them is Lizzie Knott, a illustrator and designer for a children’s book publisher. His Red Nose Day 22 t-shirt is an explosion of colorful silhouettes with the slogan: “Love is all around”.

Knott, a Cambridge School of Art graduate, told PinkNews that its design is “focused on diversity [and] people come together”.

“I kind of just wanted to encapsulate, especially during the pandemic, people across the country, from all walks of life, coming together and supporting each other regardless of their differences,” she added.

In her freelance work, Knott creates artwork that “focuses on Pride events or community membership.”

She earned her illustration degree amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced her to take a different path in her artistic career.

She said: ‘I wasn’t going to go freelance, but I had to move out and then it kind of happened.

“I have done mental health centered work in the pandemic. I illustrated and was interviewed for a BBC article on depression during lockdown in 2020.

“I guess I was just given the space and the breathing space to create work that I knew was what I wanted to showcase the most.

“I was able to develop my artistic style, channel what I was feeling, and help people get away from it all a bit through artwork during the pandemic.”

Designing a Red Nose Day 2022 t-shirt was an “incredible” experience, Knott said.

“I got messages saying I represented people who really wanted to be represented,” she said. It’s really comforting.

“I’m really proud to be part of such an incredible project and to present such wonderful work that goes towards a great cause, especially as a member of the community, I’m really proud to be represented on such a large scale .”

Red Nose Day 2022 will take place on Friday, March 18. The t-shirts are available for purchase now from TK Maxx.

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