MEET THE ARTIST: Carolyn Gavin

MEET THE ARTIST: Carolyn Gavin

Come along and meet the artists behind our stationery collections! Today we are saying hello to Carolyn Gavin, a Canadian (by way of South Africa) painter and Illustrator whose vibrant, playful work is a reflection of her joy- and creativity-filled life. 


Carolyn is one of our most recent collaborators: Her first Roger la Borde card designs launched in January 2023. Our customers have immediately fallen in love with Carolyn's designs, and we will soon be expanding the range beyond greeting cards. Expect lots of gorgeous new products - including journals, letter writing sets, gift bags and more - featuring Carolyn's spectacular florals. Watch this space! In the meantime, here's a Q&A in Carolyn's Words:

Where do you live? I live in Toronto, Canada in an 131 year old Victorian row house. Also I spend some time in the winter months at my Belize home. (N.B. Carolyn Holds painting workshops in Toronto and Belize, as well as Portugal and Morocco! You can sign up here if you're looking for some painting adventures.) 

Where do you work? I work from home in a lovely studio at the back of my house. It faces onto a small dog park, so its busy, but fun. When I’m painting large pieces I go up to our 3rd floor space where the light is good and there’s more room for an easel.

Favourite media? I love paint. In all forms, all styles. Typically I’ll use watercolour and acryla gouache, as well acrylics and pen and ink.
Where do you find inspiration? I love travel, nature, animals, flowers and the world around me. Exotic locations with rich textiles and colours turn me on. I also am learning to love the female form… I also like causes and am a passionate animal lover and vegan.

Describe your work in 5 words: Joyful, creative, inspiring, fun, unique


What’s it like to see your work translated into stationery? It’s always cool to see your work printed and together in a beautiful, cohesive collection!

Which is your favourite product type made by Roger la Borde? I love the laser cut cards… I think they’re gorgeous and so unique!

Which is your favourite design from your Roger la Borde collection? I love the “HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL” Butterfly card. I think it’s fun and happy. 


  • Lined journals or blank journals? Definitely lined
  • Creative process: digital or analogue materials? Analogue
  • Writing inside a RLB lasercut card or on the back panel? Inside
  • Tea or coffee? Both
  • Cats or dogs? Dogs


See Carolyn Gavin's stationery range here.

Visit Carolyn Gavin’s website here.

Thank you so much, Carolyn!


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