Wendy Ramshaw was born in Sunderland (UK) in 1939. Now she lives and works in London. Between 1956 and 1960 she studied illustration and fabric design at the Newcastle upon-Tyne College of Art and Industrial Design. Then, in 1960-1961, she studied at Reading university. She attended the Central School of Art and Design in 1969 to undertake her postgraduate studies. She was nominated freeman and lady liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in 1973 and 1986, respectively. In June 1993 she was awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen for services to the arts. She has been visiting professor at the Royal College of Art in London between 1996 and 1999.
She designed and made on behalf of the new millennium experience company the gold medal presented to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on 31st December 1999 to celebrate the new millennium.
In 1999 she became an honorary fellow of the London Institute, and was also elected RDI (Royal Designer for Industry). In 2003 she was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to art.