Sydney Cardew

Sydney Cardew is a visual artist and designer from the UK. Her personal practice focuses around the medium of Artists Books. She has obtained her MA in Fine Art at the Arts University Bournemouth. She is a professional illustrator, graphic designer, poet and visual artist. She works under her own name and as DS Blake.

Artist’s CV:


Arts University Bournemouth (2011-2013)
MA Fine Art

Arts University College at Bournemouth (2007-2011)
BA (hons) Fine Art

Arts Institute at Bournemouth (2006-2007)
Foundation Course in Art and Design


Dénouement – Degree Show, Text+Work Gallery, Bournemouth (2013)
Brink – Group Exhibition, Free Range Gallery, Brick Lane, London (2011)
STEM – Degree show, Arts University College Bournemouth, Bournemouth (2011)
When Work Feels Overwhelming, Remember You’re Going to Die – Group Exhibition, Arts University College Bournemouth, Bournemouth (2010)
Cradle – Group Exhibition, Bournemouth Lower Gardens, Bournemouth (2009)


As Sydney Cardew:

The Tally (2021)
The Transit of Venus (2020)
Physical Remains (2015)
16 Landscapes After a Treatise by Alexander Cozens (2014)
Speak of the Devil (2014)
Utopia/Dystopia (2013)
Vectis: A Psychogeographical Enquiry (2012)
Processional I (2012)
Exonomnicon (2012)
Manifest-O (2012)

As DS Blake:

The Art of The Awful Orphanage (2019)
Alphabet Soup: An ABC Book for the Paranoid Kook (2017)
36 Flavours of Nigel (2016)
The Lovecraft Colouring Book (2016)
The Cyberpunk Colouring Book (2016)
The Occult Colouring Book (2015)
Bowel Movements: Modern Art History on the Lavatory (2015)
The Glimmercage Urists: A Catalogue of Dwarven Calamities (2014)


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, digital illustration, traditional illustration in various media, portraiture, traditional painting (acrylics and oils), book design and layout, printmaking, life drawing, video editing and simple animation, mural painting.

Other links:

Artstation Profile

Atmospheric Fantasy – Tales of the Macabre, Fantastical and Grotesque – Short fiction by DS Blake

CoronaBook – Website documenting The Tally/CoronaBook project

DeviantArt Profile

Github Profile

Idle Toil on Youtube

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