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Clare Youngs Designer / Maker

June 12, 2017

Clare is a designer/maker working with paper and fabric. She trained as a graphic designer and has worked in the industry, mainly in packaging design but has a life long interest in everything handmade and since childhood has enjoyed making beautiful handcrafted objects. I came across her beautifully fresh work and it made me smile.

Clare says: “When I can, I enjoy escaping to my studio to work on one off pieces. I have collected ephemera since I was a child and utilize vintage labels and paper in my pieces. When working with fabric I like to recycle and love to give a new lease of life to something old.”

Whether she is printing, cutting and folding paper, sewing or embroidering, she takes inspiration from all aspects of handicraft techniques, traditional and contemporary. Her desire to create has never been stronger than now.

She says “I love the whole process, the excitement of a new project, the thoughts and ideas that start as notes and sketches and the satisfaction of seeing my ideas develop into a finished piece. I think everyone can be creative and through my work and ideas I hope I can encourage more and more to get making and release the artist within!”

I love their spark, colour and sense of movement.

I think these would make great greeting cards, gift wrap, ceramics and repeat patterns for textiles, what do you think readers ?

Four years ago she turned to craft full time and has never looked back. It has been an incredibly busy time and she has just completed her 9th craft book. In-between writing she runs workshops and recently relocated from London to Broadstairs so has had the challenge of renovating her new home on the beautiful Kent coast.

You can see more of Clare’s work here. Pop over a treat yourself to a book today. Hopefully this is an inspiring start to your week !






13 Comments leave one →
  1. Isobel permalink
    June 12, 2017 4:40 pm

    Lovely happy work! 🙂

  2. June 12, 2017 7:49 pm

    Fantastic stuff. I love the use of monochromatic pattern alongside splashes of colour and all the lovely mark making. Her forms make me think of the illustrations of Eric Carle quite a bit – but maybe just because I teach preschool.

    • June 13, 2017 7:30 am

      Spot on Laura, Eric Carle is a good comparrison as well as all the two tone and a colour 50’s and 60’s work I’m always featuring lol

  3. June 13, 2017 11:05 pm

    Fresh, fun, colorful and delightful! My daughter and grandchildren gave me her book, ‘The Perfect Handmade Bag’ a few years ago. It has tons of fun purses to make.

    • June 14, 2017 9:49 am

      Thanks Joy, I thought you would like Clare’s work for all the reasons you listed. Made me smile too

  4. June 26, 2017 2:36 am

    Great post on one of my favorite artists!

  5. December 17, 2018 8:25 pm

    You make beautiful work full of humour, beautiful colours and originality. Bravo Clare

  6. February 6, 2019 3:28 am

    Your paper art just makes me smile. Thank you for sharing these and brightening my day!

    • February 6, 2019 9:20 am

      Thanks for your comments Jo. Clare’s work does have that effect on me too 🙂

  7. Velda Mary Wilken permalink
    March 18, 2019 2:52 pm

    How can I purchase a copy of your book handmade Bag. Do you ship to Canada

    • March 19, 2019 12:34 pm

      Hi Velda, I’m afraid I’m just the guy who wrote about Clare’s work. You can check out her range of books on her site and find a contact tab there too. The best of luck and please say hi from me : )

  8. Jeannie diamond permalink
    May 12, 2021 10:41 pm

    i am in Canada and do collaging . My sister in UK sent me your name, i love your work. My niece Kirsty Elson, also a collage artist in UK. Keep up the fantastic work

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