Claire Brewster has been living and working in London for over 20 years, but started life in the semi-rural county of Lincolnshire. Using old maps, atlases and other found paper and metal, she creates beautiful, delicate and intricate sculptures of flowers, birds and insects. Her inspiration comes from nature and the urban environment in which she lives. Claire exhibits her work nationally and internationally, showing regularly in London, other parts of the UK, USA, Australia, Switzerland, France, Germany and Italy. Her work has been published in many magazines including: Elle Decoration, House and Garden, FT ‘How To Spend It’, Vogue, World of Interiors, Inside Out (Australia) and was featured in the book 'Paper:Tear, Fold, Rip, Crease, cut' (Blackdog Publishing 2009). She has work in collections all over the world including, The Great Northern Hotel, London; Twitter, New York; The Corinthia Hotel, London; The Ampersand Hotel, London; The Caledonia Hotel, Edinburgh and the Hyatt Hotel, New Orleans. I have been exhibited in the London Transport Museum, London, Manchester City Art Gallery, UK and CODA Museum, Appeldorn, The Netherlands.
Always Looking Down
Keeping It Together
Flying Into The Fire
Hanging Over Us
The artist, as an outsider, is ideally placed for picking up that which has been chucked out.
Claire Brewsterʼs 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 Claire uses old and out of date maps and atlases as her fabric with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
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.