Clare YoungsClare is a designer/maker working with paper and fabric. She trained as a graphic designer and has worked in the industry, mainly in packaging design but has a life long interest in everything handmade and since childhood has enjoyed making beautiful handcrafted objects.

Four years ago she turned to craft full time and has never looked back. It has been an incredibly busy time and she has just completed her 9th craft book. In-between writing she runs workshops and recently relocated from London to Broadstairs so has had the challenge of renovating her new home on the beautiful Kent coast.

Clare says: “When I can, I enjoy escaping to my studio to work on one off pieces. I have collected ephemera since I was a child and utilize vintage labels and paper in my pieces. When working with fabric I like to recycle and love to give a new lease of life to something old.”

Whether she is printing, cutting and folding paper, sewing or embroidering, she takes inspiration from all aspects of handicraft techniques, traditional and contemporary. Her desire to create has never been stronger than now. “I love the whole process, the excitement of a new project, the thoughts and ideas that start as notes and sketches and the satisfaction of seeing my ideas develop into a finished piece. I think everyone can be creative and through my work and ideas I hope I can encourage more and more to get making and release the artist within!”