Hi my name is Trudy Shillum (which means retribution and  recompense in Hebrew so don’t mess with me!, ha!) . I currently work full time at the BBC in Glasgow as broadcast graphic designer working on shows such as the Frontrow, Take Me Out and Panorama.

I was awarded many competition prizes when I was young for drawing and always won the Barclays Bank Christmas Card design competition EVERY year, a £2 credit to my account was my reward. Other notable prizes are a signed David Platt football for a detailed painting of his goal against Belgium and a BMX Burner that used to belong to Andy Ruffell which is hopefully still in my parents loft. I went on to study at Kent Institute of Art and Design and then to gain a degree in television and film graphic design at Humberside University. 

This is my website to showcase my graphic design portfolio and Trudy Shillum shop which sells bright collage pattern homewares, cards and jewellery, decorated with collages made up from my photographs, printing and vintage letraset. 

I was born in East London and am part of the Turner/ Soane family, meaning my great Grandad’s 7 times back are Sir John Soane  and J. M. W. Turner so I’m hoping I can channel some of their (hopefully inherited) creative spirit into my work. 

I love to knit and also to read,  I have knitted since I was small, taught by my Nana when I was 5, I may not be the best knitter but I can make stuff and enjoy the calm it provides. Here’s my ravelry link if you’d like to follow my projects. I read as much as I can, I have a huge collection of vintage books to get through and you can follow me on Goodreads here. I am also a volunteer mentor for MCR pathways .

I set up my original Vintage Treasures Etsy Shop when I was on my maternity leave inspired heavily by my Grandad, who  collected anything and everything, I still have a huge tin of odd beads collected by him over many years from the streets of East London, he was a collator of anything interesting and hated anything to go to waste. My favourite toy when I was small was a rubber doll from the 1940’s called Pat, he had picked me up at a jumble sale. I have obviously inherited his treasure hunting gene and love scouring the land for anything interesting. I always wear vintage clothes and much prefer to repair, restore and repurpose, than buy new things.

At first I stocked my shop with a few cool vintage items I had discovered locally whilst out and about with my new baby. Recently I have started to introduce some of my extensive collection of vintage clothes, shoes and accessories, some of which I have had since I was a teenager into my new Vintage Clothing Etsy shop . I also have another Etsy Shop for my retro, kitsch hand drawn items. It’s stocked with badges, cards and pocket mirrors. 

I currently work from my studio in Charing Cross, Glasgow. 

I was born in East London, grew up mostly in Kent and now live in Hyndland, Glasgow with my boyfriend, our 14 year daughter and 3 fat cats Puffy, Szerman and Mini.