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.’
‘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!’
‘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.’
‘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.’