Before I started the MA course I actually trained as a painter. That seems like a LONG time ago now! Since I graduated, as it was difficult to paint without a studio I became really obsessed with chopping up bits of coloured paper and making collages, abstract collage and character based collage. It’s what really sparked my interest in print and pattern and gave me the motivation to explore it further, so its probably the main reason I am here today on the MA studying illustration. I still use a lot of paper cutouts in my work, although now I combine it with digital tools like illustrator and photoshop. Here is one I made recently. I really like the way the faces are all looking at each other in a sly way, like they all know something the other faces don’t!