21 March 2019


I am so pleased to introduce another entry in the Designers for Hire Directory this week. Ann Kelle is the studio name for designer Kelle Boyd, a designer and illustrator based in Nashville, Tennessee. Kelle specialises in children's design and describes her style as simple, bright, and happy with playfulness mixed in. She takes inspiration from her childhood and remembers the patterns she grew up with from her father's tie to the sweater she wore in second grade. Kelle has been licensing artwork for over ten years and has created best selling fabrics for Robert Kaufman, and had her designs sold in stores across the world such as Walmart, Joann's and Target. Kelle would welcome new licensing, collaborations  or commission opportunities, especially in the areas of children’s books, wall paper, and kids decor. She has an an extensive catalogue of designs ranging from holidays (Christmas, Valentines, etc.), to animals, hand lettering and everyday designs. You can get in touch with Kelle via her website here.

One of Kelle's favorite design projects to date has been creating a group of characters called, The Girl Friends. They’re an adventurous group of girls based on friendship. They first appeared on fabric and most recently were made into doll sewing panels. Many stores sold out of the doll panels shortly after their release. This diverse group of girls touched the hearts of many resulting in personal messages, emails, and letters of appreciation and gratitude for the Girl Friends’ individuality and their spirit of inclusion. Each girl has their own unique personality - from a skateboarding, entrepreneur baker to a veterinarian. I have had many requests from customers inquiring as to when I would do a series of children’s books on the Girl Friend’s characters and additional products such as, pre-made dolls, coloring books, etc.

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