Biography for Clare Curtis (00)
Clare's earliest memories are of Thaxted in Essex where she spent the first few years; but it was in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where she grew up. She left in 1988 to study Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and graduated in 1991.
From Scotland she moved to London establishing herself as a freelance Illustrator whilst working as an evening class teacher. During this period working mainly in cut paper collage and applied her illustration work in many diverse areas within the publishing and design industries. This included magazines, promotional and corporate literature, adult and children’s books, greetings cards and an animated title sequence for BBC television.
However, working in London became mainly a matter of surviving, with little room for creativity. So in 1997 she made the decision to return to Suffolk with an ambition to start printmaking again. It was a gradual process of acquiring equipment and learning as she went along but over time relief printmaking has become my main focus.
Today she lives by the sea, in the house she grew up in which originally belonged to my grandfather. This is where she works and prints. Clare exhibits all around the UK but also has the pleasure of working with and for individuals who share her enthusiasm for printing.