In the lead up to our Summer Pop-Up on the 10th of June, we asked our artists and makers a few questions in order to gain an insight into their practices. Charlotte Cotterill is an illustrator who recently graduated from the MA Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. She will be selling her fun and quirky illustrations and prints at our pop-up, and we decided to put her in the spotlight for this post.
How would you describe your work in three words:
Illustrated, quirky, humorous
Why is ‘handmade’ so important to you?
Because handmade products are unique and I enjoy the process of creating things of my own design that people will enjoy looking at and having in their homes.
What will you be selling at our Eclectic Mix pop up event on 10th June?
Linocut prints (all printed using a traditional press or hand burnished), original watercolour illustrations, concertina books and illustrated maps.
What’s the best part of making what you do? And the worst?
My favourite part of the process is when I am developing ideas and working in my sketchbook, whether it’s for a book, a character, or a one off illustration or linocut designs. I feel free in my sketchbook and have a lot of fun exploring all the possibilities. The worst part of the process for me is formatting a designs to be digitally printed when its something like a greetings card as I much prefer the process of creating an image.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Things and people I see in my everyday life usually inspire me; this is especially true when I am working on a picture book idea but also applies to something like my map of Cambridge.