I’m Claire and I’m a freelance illustrator and surface pattern designer, working from a small studio in my countryside home in Northamptonshire. I love to create fun, colourful and illustrative designs to make people smile and feel very lucky to be able to do what I love every day.
I find inspiration absolutely everywhere, from simple everyday household objects to all things bright and beautiful outside. I’m naturally drawn to illustrative styles and bright colours, and love to create designs with lots of lovely little details. I love to draw and often start my process by hand drawing motifs or lettering, working in pen and pencil before scanning them into the computer and adding colour digitally.
After studying Design Crafts at De Montfort University in Leicester, I graduated in 2007 and began my creative career as a homeware product designer for Next. I worked on a wide variety of projects including 3D design and surface pattern. In 2012, I decided to set up my own design business, focusing on surface pattern design and illustration. I have since worked as a freelance designer for a number of companies, with my designs being used across a wide variety of products, including nursery and children’s bedding, home textiles, dinnerware, stationery and gifting as well as nightwear apparel.
Previous clients include: Dunelm, Avon, Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine and The Paintbox.
I have completed all four modules of the acclaimed “Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design” e-course and was shortlisted for the final 8 in their Printsource competition in 2016. Over the last year, I have been building up a collection of designs which are available for licensing opportunities. Please visit my portfolio page to see some examples of my work.
I also currently produce my own range of greeting cards and art prints which are available from my online shop.
IN THE PRESS:
Print & Pattern Blog - June 2017
MOYO Magazine - Issue 10 Apr 2017 - PG 106
Rise, Design & Shine Blog - December 2016
Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine - Issue 161 October 2016
Print & Pattern Blog - April 2016
Make It In Design Blog - Graduate Interview March 2016
MIID Printsource Competition Shortlist - January 2016
MOYO Magazine - Issue 7 Nov 2014 - PG 82