Brighton Bandstand
Brighton Bandstand

Drawing everyday moments

South Street Studio was set up by Mary Duckham. She divides her time between being a conservation architect and an illustrator. She was born and grew up in Herefordshire and studied Architecture at Cardiff University. After working and living in both Bristol and London, she settled in Lewes, where her father’s family grew up.  Her studio’s name is inspired by the street she lives in, as well as several of her drawings.

Over the past decade, Mary has worked on many prestigious historic buildings including Kensington Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle. She loves studying the history of buildings and their connection with the community and past.  Stemmed from her love of historic buildings, East Sussex is a perfect setting for her illustrations.  She loves to draw buildings and streetscapes that are often the unconsidered backdrop to our daily lives, from a twitten to the oldest brewery in Sussex, from Lewes’s mediaeval Castle to the ornate Brighton Pavilion. 

Brighton Pav Rainbow
Brighton Pav Rainbow

All her drawings are done on her iPad and she loves trying out a new medium and exploring its different techniques. She tried a few apps but she settled on Adobe Procreate. It allows her to easily draw on the move and she has found that the iPencil gives her the same effect as drawing on paper and it enables her to draw in many locations; when out exploring, commuting by train, or on the sofa in the evening.

Mary really enjoys drawing places that are important to others such as their homes, wedding venues, or businesses. She has undertaken many personal commissions to capture moments and places that are special to people, for example, places where people first met, your first home or a view that is particularly special.  She works closely with her clients to ensure that her drawings capture the essence of the experience or place. She will often visit the place several times to experience it before starting drawing.  Where certain colours, plants, or features are important, she ensures to incorporate these into the final artwork.

36 South St
36 South St

She has worked on several wedding invitations and stationery. A recent commission was for Brickwall House in Kent. The iconic black and white timber framed building was the centrepiece of the invitation. The couple loved to travel so Mary had the idea to create an image for each place they had visited together which became the table names at the wedding.   

The drawing style is graphic. Mary uses line drawings for the architectural details which are then mixed with a pop of colour to create an iconic image.  She loves the challenge of working with a limited colour palette to explore using textures and lines to create the final piece of art. 

When she isn’t illustrating, she enjoys walking in the countryside with her two miniature wired-haired dachshunds, Bear and Otto. These walks are often when she reflects on ideas and thinks about future pieces of work.

If you are interested in seeing more of Mary’s work or commissioning a piece of artwork, please visit her website or instagram as details below. | |


Mary is also part of the Makers Directory – a comprehensive, searchable directory established to help connect buyers directly with makers working in and around Lewes and Eastbourne, East Sussex – for mutual benefit. The Makers Directory’s mission is to encourage people to discover, value and buy from the local Makers and Artists in this famously creative part of Sussex.

Mary will be attending the Artists and Makers Christmas Market at Lewes Town Hall on 1 & 2 Dec 2023 and as part of the Makers Directory she will be hosting a Christmas Market at Station Street Studio, Lewes on 7 Dec to coincide with late night shopping in Lewes. Please come and say hello if you are there.

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