Charlotte Farmer Meet the Maker: JUNE June 02 2015

Tell us a bit about yourselves. Can you recall how and why you became a maker?

I always loved drawing & colouring in, there never seemed to be enough paper around so I'd end up using tissue boxes or whatever other scraps of paper and card I could get my felt tip covered hands on...that led to a fine art degree specialising in printmaking which then led to a career based panic (I knew I wanted to do something art based and that I didn't want to work for anyone else) so I eventually ended up doing an MA in illustration at St Martins...which was the best thing I've ever done.

Now I spend my days drawing and colouring in with my cat Margo sleeping next to me on her spotty cushion. When I need to get screen printing I use Spike Print Studio in Bristol.

 

What are your main inspirations and influences for the work?

I'm interested in collections of things (animals, objects, musicians, sounds) snippets of conversation, music and grumpy looking animals.

I love Andy Warhol's work , especially his early illustrations with his mum's beautiful handwriting. Marcel Dzama – his drawings and strange scenarios, Davis Hockney, Cy Twombly – for scribbles & mark making.

      

What is the process?

It all starts with slightly wonky but detailed drawings which I make using carbon paper to add an element of unpredictability. I scan the drawings and work out the composition & layers using my very basic photoshop skills – then I screen print. My box of printing inks contains an ever increasing collection of bluey greys along with a vivid range of fluorescents and sparkly metallics (made to a top secret recipe).

       

What do you enjoy most about being a maker?

Everyday is different and I get to do the things I love doing – drawing & screen printing.