Fanny Shorter

Fanny was born in Winchester in 1983.  She trained as an illustrator and graduated from Brighton University in 2006.  Since then she has been working as a freelance illustrator and printmaker.  She works at Cockpit Arts in London.

“I have a fascination with intricacy and pattern and a love for anything that requires a closer look.  This idea forms a very strong influence over any work that I produce. I am inspired by old anatomical and botanical drawings, maps, diagrams, architectural drawings, and anything with meticulous detail and lots of dense information.

Most of my work is screen printed and the process enables me to reproduce the smallest details from my original drawings.  I have recently been given a beautician’s magnifying lamp enabling me to draw accurate detail with a very fine Rotring pen.  From the first drawing I then create the different colour layers to be printed using tracing paper and then transfer the images to the screen.  Each colour is printed separately, lightest colour first, darkest last, with each layer needing to be accurately aligned with the previous layers.  The process can be frustrating and time-consuming but is ultimately immensely satisfying.”

This suite of screenprints features some of the world's smallest birds printed to scale.

Please click here to see a short film about Fanny Shorter.


Northern Art Show, Harrogate International Centre
7th International Mini Print Exhibition, London Print Studio
Affordable Art Fair, London
20/21 British Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London
Solo Exhibition, The Angelus Gallery, Winchester
Free Range, Truman Brewery, London


  • African Grey Parrot by Fanny Shorter
  • Apollo & Daphne by Fanny Shorter
  • Bee Hummingbird by Fanny Shorter
  • Black-Headed Caique by Fanny Shorter
  • Blue Lorikeet by Fanny Shorter
  • Bourke's Parrot by Fanny Shorter
  • Buff-Faced Pygmy Parrot by Fanny Shorter
  • Calliope Hummingbird by Fanny Shorter
  • Common Blackbird by Fanny Shorter
  • Common Bullfinch by Fanny Shorter
  • Common Wood Pigeon by Fanny Shorter
  • Costa's Hummingbird by Fanny Shorter
  • Crimson-Hooded Manakin by Fanny Shorter
  • Demeter by Fanny Shorter
  • Golden Parakeet by Fanny Shorter
  • Gray-Tailed Mountain-Gem by Fanny Shorter
  • Jameson's Wattle-Eye by Fanny Shorter
  • Kribensis by Fanny Shorter
  • Orange-Bellied Flowerpecker by Fanny Shorter
  • Orange-Fronted Parakeet by Fanny Shorter
  • Pandora by Fanny Shorter
  • Persian Rug by Fanny Shorter
  • Pohnpei Lorikeet by Fanny Shorter
  • Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird by Fanny Shorter
  • Spectrum Fish by Fanny Shorter
  • Spotted Pardalote by Fanny Shorter
  • The Life Cycle Of Salmon by Fanny Shorter
  • Tufted Coquette by Fanny Shorter
  • White-Winged Fairy-Wren by Fanny Shorter