Artist/illustrator, Hattie Clark, from Ilkley, completed an Art Foundation course at Leeds College of Art, leading in 2013 to entry onto a degree in Graphic Communication at Bath School of Art. She graduated in 2016 and was one of 11 graduates selected by Creative Review as part of their talent spotting initiative to appear that year on outdoor advertising JCDecaux digital screens across Britain.
Hattie works with crayon, ink and paint, and print processes, such as screen print. and produces original illustrations, prints, badges, banners and cards. Her ideas often come from her own experiences and interests, including her support for the Bradford Bulls rugby club and her observation of the fans and characters that attend matches.
Hattie has said of her work:
My style and technique is often influenced by the subject matter. I love creating work that is playful and has the ability to make people smile, I think this is reflected in my style. I focus on analogue techniques within my illustrations. I would say my desire to continue to paint and illustration by hand very much influences the techniques that I use (Gradwatch, 2016)
Her work has been featured at the Ilkley Art Trail and in the Top Drawer Greetings & Stationery Fair, London. It was also reproduced on 6 metre length banners and in publications of Bath Spa University, including University prospectuses and an anthology of creative writing (see below).
Hattie’s Bobble Hat design (see below) was a runner-up in the London Illustration Fair Competition and now features as a cover design on a notebook sold by BookBlock customised notebooks.
Artist’s website: Hattie Clark