Today we are getting to know Sam Pierpoint who creates fun and whimsical illustrations. Sam handcrafts all of her 3D creations out of a range of fine quality papers, before photographing and editing the images digitally, to create each finished piece.
How would you describe yourstyle?
I’d say that there’s always an element of escapism in my work, I’m a day dreamer and I love to get lost in my own little illustrated world, expanding on it every day is what makes me happy!
Where do you work and does your location influence your work?
I work in a cabin at the bottom of the garden with my partner ‘Michael Foyle’ who is a photographer. I love it because it’s separate from the house which allows me to properly focus with no distractions.
How did you start as an artist/designer?
Art and Graphic Design were always my favourite subjects at school, the teachers particularly in these lessons were always the happiest and most chilled out which I really believe says a great deal about subject! I knew I wanted to do something fun and creative which would allow my imagination to run wild!
Can you give us an idea of your creative processes?
Yes! I build things out of paper, photograph the paper sculpture at different angles and arrange and edit the work on photoshop to create the final piece.All of my 3d work starts with making the base out of foam board using a glue gun to glue everything in place. Once I have a solid strong structure I can then start covering it with paper.
What is inspiring you or your work just now?
My illustrations are inspired by Mother Nature, wildlife and travel. I have a huge obsession with pattern, which always finds its way into my work. It often contains fusions of architectural, geometric, cultural and natural patterns to create vibrant and rich pieces.
Do you have any new designs you can give us a sneak preview of?
Of course! I have been working on a few things over the past month, including some branding and graphic design for a Tea Shop in Winchester, some designs for thank you cards and I’m currently working on a 3d paper London scene as a self initiated project.
What is your favourite thing about Nottingham?
The art shop in Bonnington! When I was at uni I couldn’t get enough of the different patterned specialist papers that they sell!