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Winchester School of Art Illustration Graduate Fiona Clabon

Fiona Clabon a recent illustration graduate from Winchester School of Art,  is now living back in Bristol. ‘Winchester was a beautiful place to study, but I am loving being back in Bristol – it has a really creative atmosphere which I am loving working in.’

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‘I make, what I would best describe as digital collages, and the majority of my illustrations are created by cutting up textured papers that I have created using printing inks, and then putting the images back together digitally. The method I use to create imagines can sometimes feel quite slow, but seeing the final outcome for the first time always makes it worth it.

I am currently selling my illustrations in a creative pop-up shop in Bristol called Paper Scissors Stone, which is part of Made In Bristol. We are open until Christmas Eve and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience so far, getting to meet other like-minded creatives and learn about what they do, but also to meet the members of the public who are actually forking out money for a little bit of me! Which I’m still finding astonishing!’

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‘Currently I also work part-time at Spike Island, a contemporary art gallery in Bristol, a bakery, a chocolate shop, am doing a little freelance work, volunteering my socks off and am part of the young persons group attached to Arnolfini, another contemporary art gallery in Bristol. Working with such a variety of other young creatives has been a brilliant experience and is a thing to say I’m really proud of. Saying my life at the moment is a balance is an understatement, but I am loving every minute of it!

I take inspiration from the everyday things and objects around me; I enjoy making work that has a personal element to it and that I can create a personal connection to. I love static objects, textures and contrasting colours. I have recently been creating a series based on objects from 1950s/1960s, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Old objects have such character, history and beauty that may have been forgotten by many. I reinterpret these qualities through the illustrations I produce. I have been playing around with restricting the amount of information about an object the viewer receives, and how that alters their perception and their ability to recognise the object.’

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‘I also love using photography in creating personal work but also as starting points for many of my projects. I enjoy capturing a moment in time, a chance meeting or something I may have stumbled across that may not be there tomorrow.’

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Website | @FionaClabon