Abigail Brown, London, UK
Magma books, London/UK, Family Tree, London/UK, Frank, Kent/UK, Castor and Pollux, Brighton/UK.
Abigail's work is incredible. I had such a hard time editing it down to a couple of pics, so I decided not to! I was already in awe of the work posted on her site, but when she emailed over these additional shots ... I'm speechless, so I'll just let the images speak for themselves!
Just when I thought I've seen enough birds...
click image or here to enlarge (you have to see the detail on these birds - incredible!)
1. What do you call yourself? (e.g., Independent designer, crafter, maker, artist) Hmm... I guess artist/maker predominantly, but I'm also a freelance designer in various fields.
2. What inspires you? How do you get past crafter's block? EVERYTHING!! I'm constantly keeping my eyes open whenever I am, collecting all kinds of visual delights that fill my working space...that and trawling the internet, it's impossible to be blocked for too long!
3. What tool(s) can't you live without? Sewing machine...but I do love a good tool to scribble with.
4. Who is your idol, current craft-crush? I'm fascinated with Anne Wilson at the moment after seeing her work on display in the 'Out of the Ordinary' exhibiton currently at the V&A, London. Her animations with lace and pins have me all inspired to make some of my own with my creatures!
5. How long have you been doing this? I've been cutting and sewing bits of fabric since I was very very little. My Grandmother was a Seamstress and I spent days on end surrounded by her Singer, scraps of fabric, pins, needles and thread. It was sort of bred into me!
6. Where did you learn your craft? As above, I think I just absorbed what she was doing, I don't think she specifically taught me anything, I've just cobbled my way through with it all over the years!
7. Do you do this full-time? If not, what pays the bills? I'm in the process of cutting down on other things to give my craft work more time, but at the moment the design work is the big chunk of bill paying money.
8. How would you describe your style? It's childish in some ways I guess, it has child appeal, although it's not always intended for children. There's a lot of illustration involved and storytelling, and a fusion of many things...difficult to say!