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Collaborations, bespoke illustrated commissions

Bespoke Commissions

We'd be happy to discuss illustration-based commissions and bespoke ranges. Drop us a line at hello@james-barker.com. Previous commissioning clients include the British Library Shop and Royal Academy Shop.

Collaborations and illustrated commissions


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NATURAl HISTORY MUSEUM x etsy

We developed a range inspired by and for the Colour and Vision exhibition at the Natural History Museum. We chose feathers and corals as our points of interest to highlight the amazing colours found in nature. The collections includes cushions, lampshades, notebooks, prints and handkerchiefs


British Library Shakespeare shop. Store illustrations by our Creative Director James Barker. Store design and visual merchandising by Exhibeo VM. Photos by Alberto Balazs.

British Library Shakespeare shop. Store illustrations by our Creative Director James Barker. Store design and visual merchandising by Exhibeo VM. Photos by Alberto Balazs.

Shakespeare range & shop display for the British Library Shop

In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, we have once again teamed up with the British Library Shop to create a very special collection to celebrate the world's most famous playwright. 

We worked in collaboration with  Exhibeo VM  and the British Library Shop team to create a bespoke range of illustrations for the British Library's retail space and developed a Shakespeare collection for the Shakespeare in Ten Acts exhibition. 


British Library Alice in Wonderland pop up shop. Store design and visual merchandising by Exhibeo VM. Photos by Alberto Balazs.

British Library Alice in Wonderland pop up shop. Store design and visual merchandising by Exhibeo VM. Photos by Alberto Balazs.

Alice in Wonderland pop up shop at the British Library

To mark the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, The British Library opened an Alice-themed pop up shop, and with Etsy, gave designer-makers the opportunity to create Alice-inspired pieces for the shop. 

We went down the rabbit hole putting together our Alice collection! The range includes notebook sets, lampshades, cushions, and handkerchiefs. All products have been sourced in Britain, with the majority carefully handcrafted in South London by us. 

The original drawings by John Tenniel were a large influence on our work and can be seen in our designs of the characters. The flamingos and hedgehogs are inspired by the well-known croquet game. The prominence of the bottles and food in the book was also too difficult to ignore and we had to include them.


London range for The Royal Academy Shop

As part of the RA Shop initiative RAted, we created an original London range.

The range includes notebook sets and handkerchiefs featuring three different designs – London buildings, icons and wildlife. All products have been sourced in Britain, with the majority carefully handcrafted in South London by us.