Claerwen Gillespie

"I create characters that have their own story to tell"

Story is my main inspiration. I use tales and stories, plays and poetry to inform me, or I create characters that have their own story to tell. Story telling is fundamental to human beings throughout history. They stimulate imagination, they help us to understand our environments and each other, inform us about other peoples ways, they are cosy and safe, challenging and inspiring. I like to put these characters and images back into our everyday objects and domestic architecture. Especially if it’s likely to catch and excite a child’s eye. I use stories and character, and my immediate environment on the small farm where I live, to influence and inspire my work.

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