Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Gemma joins the Craft Mafia!

I am very excited to announce that I am the newest member of the Craft Mafia Nottingham!!
The Nottingham Craft Mafia is part of the larger Craft Mafia familia founded in Austin, Texas. The Craft Mafia serves as a model for independent business owners to assemble with other like-minded folk in their own communities to amplify their vision through the power of a collective. Visit http://www.nottinghamcraftmafia.com/ for more info. The Craft Mafia shop is based on St. James Street next to the Malt Cross.

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Inspired by Circuses, Victoriana, and Surrealism I create collage’s combining the past and present through a mixture of found imagery, illustration, photography and drawing. Working with collage and my trusted photocopier I create all of my work by hand, frequenting second hand shops, car boot sales and markets to build up my ever growing archive of second hand books, magazines, photographs and postcards. I always create my work by hand, only using a computer for layout at final stages. I like my illustration to have a certain tangibility, a quality that cannot be captured by digital means alone, even if that is as small as a blob of ink or a smudge on a photocopy.