Michelle Thompson has been at the forefront of illustration since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1996. She has worked successfully in publishing, editorial and design. Her illustrations have appeared internationally, most notably in collaboration with the influential British designer Vaughan Oliver. Michelle has also illustrated Cherie Blair’s book, “The Goldfish Bowl,” and more recently, “The Wasp Factory,” by Iain Banks. She illustrates a regular column for The Globe and Mail in Toronto. Other clients include the Royal Mail, BBC, Reebok, Penguin Books, The Guardian, and many others. As for this collaboration, she said, “My piece was inspired by traditional Japanese patterns and the thirst for summer to finally arrive”.