The fantastic Claire Brewster has been crowned ARTIQ’s artist of the month for August, and has given an exclusive interview about her work. To celebrate she has also taken over our Instagram for the following week, so be sure to have a look and gain a great insight into her artistic vision.

Read the full interview below.

What artists have influenced your practice?
I was most influenced by Robert Rauschenberg. After discovering his work, I realised that art could be made from all sorts of found materials and ephemera and that started me on the journey to the work I make today, using vintage maps.

What would you do if you weren’t an artist?
Not sure, as I see being an artist as a vocation, so even if I wasn’t selling work or making work I’d still be an artist. I used to make a living being an office manager, but I always saw myself as an artist first.

Tell us about your dream project.
A big installation in a large, prestigious hotel lobby.

What’s the last exhibition you saw that made an impact on you?
Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern. She was a master of composition and colour

What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Making art, without which life would be meaningless

Has any place or environment affected your work?
London has probably had the biggest effect on my work. I’ve lived there most of my adult life.

What do you do in your spare time?
Ha ha, spare time…. mostly making art. I am big reformer pilates fan and do that 3 time a week and going to galleries and reading.

Take us through the lifespan of creating a work of art.
It always starts with looking. When I’m going to start a new project, I do research either on the internet, books or going to museums, I don’t always know what I’m looking for until I find it. Part of the fun is in the looking. I then start drawing and spend a lot of time drawing and at the same time I go through my map collection and see if anything inspires me or I start looking for new maps and then once I’ve finished drawing I make a template of the piece and start cutting. I mostly don’t know how the piece is going to work out until I’ve cut it. I have a picture in my head but that often changes when I have the pieces cut. Once I’ve done all the cutting I pin the pieces and then it goes off to the framers.

What advice would you give a younger you?
Keep going, it will all work out in the end. You are better than you know, don’t listen to the people who doubt you. You can do whatever you put your mind to.