After completing secondary school in Harare and taking a gap year, Jacqui attained a Diploma in Applied Art and Design from Bulawayo Technical College. She worked as a visualiser in advertising for some years, both in Harare and London, before marrying and moving to Hong Kong.
Whilst in Hong Kong Jacqui wrote, illustrated and self-published “A Hong Kong ABC”, which went to the top of the best seller list in 1994. Publishing of the book was subsequently taken over by Publisher’s Associates. On returning to Zimbabwe in 1995, Jacqui set about writing and illustrating “An African ABC”, again self-published, in 1997. The publishing of this book was taken over by Struik of South Africa in 2003. Since then she has illustrated “Kubuka and the Magic Calabash” written by Janet Keegans (Struik -2004), and “Namakwa’s Garden” written by Mary Clanahan (Struik -2005). “A Baobab is Big” was also written and illustrated by Jacqui (Struik -2004).
Jacqui’s latest book “The Queen of Green” has just been released by Random House Struik in April 2010. This book was inspired by the need to give children (and their care-givers!) a few ideas on how to better take care of the planet. Jacqui Taylor lives in Zimbabwe where she has run her own one-woman design studio for 12 years. She has worked on a variety of projects, from package design and corporate id to brand development and exhibition stands.