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Ruth is a designer, illustrator and writer. She graduated from the University of Bath in 2008 with a first class honours degree in Architecture and has since combined working in a busy design practice in the centre of Bath with exploring her own creativity.
She loves coffee, dancing, great design, beautiful spaces, beach walks and reading.
She formed Ruth Thorp Studio in 2013 to showcase her work in illustration, surface-pattern design, original paper products, graphics, branding and website design.
Squiggle Bee is Ruth's third book and was mostly written and illustrated whilst staying at her parent's home in Pembrokeshire. The small meadow they planted in their garden which attracted an abundance of bees and insects was her inspiration behind the story and her funny little Squiggle Bee character.
Her first book ‘The Squawks’ was published by Raw Mixture in April 2014. Written in a tongue-twisting rhyme and fully illustrated in a bold graphical style the book is about an irresistible community of quirky birds. In February 2015 she teamed up with her writer sister Sarah Mahfoudh to publish their first collaborative project 'Lilly Mae' — a rhyming picture book about a little girl who lives on a cloud and controls the weather according to her mood.
Ruth's illustrations have also been published in 'Soul Manifestos & Pieces of Joy' written by her father, Steve Thorp.