Claire Brewster lives and works in London, but started life in the semi-rural county of Lincolnshire. Using old maps, atlases, Brewster creates beautiful, delicate and intricate paper cuts of flowers, birds and insects. Her inspiration comes from nature and the urban environment in which she lives and a desire to reuse the discarded, unwanted and obsolete. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally, showing regularly in London, other parts of the UK, USA and Europe. Her work has been published in many magazines including: The Audubon Society, Fresh Paint Magazine, Elle Decoration, Elle Deco, Vogue (UK and Greece), World of Interiors, Inside Out and was featured in the book “Paper: Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, Cut” (Blackdog Publishing 2009). Brewster’s work in included in many private and public collections including: The National Wildlife Museum For the USA, The Emirati Royal Family, The Twitter Art Collection, The London Transport Museum, The Corinthia Hotel, London, The Hayatt Hotel, New Orleans. Claire Brewster is an inaugural member of the Perrier Jouet Art Salon and Prize and a workshop leader at The Victoria and Albert Museum London.
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The artist, as an outsider, is ideally placed for picking up that which has been chucked out.
Claire Brewster’s work is about retrieving the discarded, celebrating the unwanted and giving new life to the obsolete. Claire uses old and out of date maps and atlases as her fabric with which to create her intricate, delicate and detailed paper sculptures.
Nature is ever present even in the most urban of environments, taking over wherever we neglect, yet living in a separate lives. Affected by our actions yet unconscious of them.
Claire takes inspiration from this environment, creating entomological installations of flora and fauna from imagined locations. Her birds, insects and flowers transcend borders and pass freely between countries with scant regard for rules of immigration or the effects of biodiversity.
The paper sculptures are pinned either directly on to the wall as a large scale installation or captured in box frames. The shadows created when light is shined on them gives them a three dimensional quality and creates a feeling of movement.
Claire grew up in Lincolnshire and has been living and working in London for over 20 years where she finds inspiration from the urban environment she now lives in.