What inspired you to start your work?
I was always more interested in the art subjects throughout high school; photography, graphic design, fine art. I then went on to complete a Bachelor of Media Arts, majoring in Fine Arts. During this I began selling my artworks through Instagram, Facebook, Felt and local markets. I’ve been growing my business ‘Claudia Campbell Creative’ for around 3 years. I’m constantly inspired by modern architecture, geometry and intricate details.
Describe your creative space, where you bring to life your work?
I have a gorgeous sunny studio in my little villa in Cambridge which I share with my partner and an obsessive amount of indoor plants. My studio has a beautiful wall of windows letting the perfect amount of natural light in throughout the day. I work on a cluttered custom made tresell table surrounded by cacti, paint brushes and pens. Above my desk is a selection of framed prints by favourite artists to keep me constantly inspired.
What do you love most about your handmade business?
I love that my business works perfectly alongside my full time day job as a florist, both are hands on and creative. I think having a business like mine is the best creative outlet, it’s both productive yet calming. To come home from a hectic day at work and be able to then zone out whilst working on my latest creation creates balance in my day to day life.
What are you most looking forward to about being at the Auckland Fair?
I’ve been working away at some new originals behind the scenes, these will be the last of my geometric circle series. Also I’m excited to design a new site layout! I really want my stall site to have a modern gallery feel to it. I’ve heard about how amazing this art fair is, it’s almost surreal to be apart of it myself!
What has been your biggest triumph to date?
I love this question! I think it’s more the personal chats with customers at markets that inspire me the most; someone has just moved into a new flat and they’re wanting three prints to go above their bed, then there’s someone who’s been traveling throughout NewZealand in a caravan, collecting artworks along the way and has chosen a print of mine. Then a lady secretly purchased a large original drawing off me for her partner and I’ve had to sneakily give the artwork to her down her driveway so he wouldn’t see. Cool stories as to where my artwork will end up are my favourite. Also on a more personal note, markets and promotion of my art has definitely given me a boost of confidence. I’m a very shy person who keeps to myself most of the time, to have had my own exhibition a few years back is something I’m very proud of, and still can’t really believe I did it! Cheers to many more markets and exhibitions in the future!!
Art & Prints, Illustration