Originally from Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, Catherine Pape graduated this year from the Illustration course at the University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone.
‘Mostly I use water-based media – inks, watercolours and dye – as well as digital. A lot of my work is based on stories, I love creating a narrative through images. During my final year of uni I was inspired to write some of my own stories as well. Recently I’ve started making comics too, inspired by tiny everyday moments.
I am inspired by nature quite a lot, and the in-between places in towns, where green leaves meet grey concrete. My eyes are always open to patterns on old ceramics, vintage textiles, and impressionist colours. I’m quite inspired by learning about history too – one summer I got to spend a few weeks doing work experience as an Archaeological Illustrator, drawing very precise, technical drawings of old Saxon brooches and ceramics to an exact scale. It was pretty fun, but I found myself more interested in imagining the stories behind the objects, who used them and what had happened to them. In terms of artists who I am influenced by, I love the sense of place and the careful observation of the landscape in paintings by John Nash and Eric Ravilious. Also the work of 20th century Japanese woodblock printmakers, such as Shiro Kasamatsu and Hasui Kawase. And Kay Nielsen’s fairy tale illustrations, Odilon Redon, William Morris, Aidan Koch, just to name a few artists.’
‘I am currently working on a couple of exciting comics projects and a range of pattern designs. I’ve also been having fun designing some products using my illustrations, including stickers and stationery.’