Our Easter competition winner, Claire Montgomery is an illustrator and designer situated in Brighton; she graduated
from Brighton University with a 1st Class BA (Hons). She specialises in hand crafted collage illustrations and often creates surreal work with a personal touch. Claire likes to combine traditional paper craft processes with unusual imagery and digital enhancements to create a modern twist.
We decided to find out a bit more about her.
printed.com: What first inspired you to become an illustrator and designer?
Claire: From an early age I would spend hours drawing, cutting things up and you'd often find me under a heap of coloured card and glitter (and you probably still would). Art was probably the only subject at school I enjoyed, after I was told I had a talent from my teachers it motivated me to work hard and try to achieve what I wanted.
p: What is the most amount of exposure you have had as a designer?
C: In July last year I exhibited at New Designers Exhibition in London, it had over 7,500 visitors. It was a great experience, as was the exposure. My work will be exhibited in two artists open houses in the prestigious Brighton festival in May 2012, and recently my work has also been accepted into the Brighton Museum Shop, which I am proud to be part of!
p: What do you consider as your biggest inspiration?
C: Inspiration for my work can be anything from my surroundings- including the seaside, rummaging through the shops in Brighton or even my cat. I often find inspiration on the Print and Pattern blog, as well as the site 'Misprinted Type'. In terms of artists I find the Dada movement inspirational, particularly Hannah Hoch's work which was revolutionary at the time. More modern inspiration includes Vault 49's digital collages, and Chrissie Macdonald's 3D paper collages which have been used in the V&A and Orange adverts.
p: If you had the chance to showcase your work anywhere in the world, where would it be?
C: Probably New York because of its reputation in the art industry and the amount of people that would see it! Oh and I'd get a trip to New York which would be very exciting!
p: If you could live in the day of anyone, past or present, who would it be?
C: From an art point of view maybe Andy Warhol to find out what it would of been like to be the most famous artist in the world at the time and create work that everyone has an opinion on and sells for millions of pounds! From a business point of view the British business man Philip Green because he owns Topshop, Miss Selfridge among others, that I could design things for, decide what they sell, create over the top window displays and go on a massive shopping spree! Failing them two I would just like to be my cat and sleep, eat and get looked after all day!
p: What do you plan to use your printed.com prize for?
C: I’ll probably go for a combination of greeting cards, business cards and stickers. I’m looking forward to seeing it all!
p: Summarise the style of your work in 3 words?
C: Unique, surreal & cute!