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Gail Armstrong

Gail Armstrong

I am an experienced and professional illustrator specialising in the craft of paper sculpture. My paper engineering skills are used to create 3D paper cut images for a wide variety of projects and clients worldwide. Recent highlights include animations for Microsoft, the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade poster and the Kleenex "Feelings" campaign which has won many awards including: Cannes International Advertising Festival 2010 - Gold Lion award (billboards) - Bronze Lion award (Illustration) - Bronze Lion award (press), The Big Won 2010 -1st place Top 10 Press Campaigns in the World, The London International Awards - Gold & Silver, The 2010 International AndyAwards Bronze (illustration).
Question: What’s been the best bit of 2009? Gail: Seeing one of my images on the side of a bus as it trundled past me. Question: What drew you to illustration/design? Gail: I used to go past Sheffield art college on my way to school. At age 6 I’d already decided that I wanted to be a part of what went on there – the students just looked so interesting and the work they were carrying across the car park so exciting. Question: Do you have any formal design training? Gail: I have a BA and a Postgraduate Diploma in Graphics and Illustration from Glasgow School of Art. Question: Where is your studio and can you describe it for me? Gail: It’s the upstairs front room in my house and is very light and airy, with a great view of the street. There’s loads of storage for reference and papers, plus 2 desks, one for computer work and one for drawing, cutting and sticking.W Question: Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Gail: Top floor of Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road. Question: How do you get your ideas? Gail: Sometimes from a particular piece of paper, or from an object I’ve found or looking through old photos or sketchbooks. But mostly it’s from drawing as I’m researching a subject.
Question: Do you collect anything? Gail: Everything! I seem to have gathered hundreds of boxes and files of “useful” things over the years. Question: Do you keep a scrapbook? Gail: Yes. I always carry a small notebook and am constantly collecting objects or images that I think might come in handy. Question: Tell us about a favourite project you’ve recently completed. Gail: That has to be the set of stamps for Guernsey Post. A really juicy project to get my teeth into and a great subject – Henry VIII. Plus, knowing that it’s something people collect, makes me feel that someone, somewhere, will always have a little piece of my work. Question: What would be your dream job/commission? Gail: To illustrate a children’s picture book which ultimately is animated. I’d love to see the sculptures move. Question: Who is/are your art hero/es? Gail: Andy Goldsworthy. I believe he could take anything and make it stunningly beautiful. Question: Who is/are your illustration hero/es? Gail: From the past – Erte. From the present – Mark Oliver. Question: Who would you like to have as your muse if you were painting their portrait? Gail: Helena Bonham Carter. I admire her individuality and eccentricity.
Anchor ButterKleenex, Guernsey Post, Macy's NY, National Geographic , Stonefly Shoes, Virgin Travel, Wausau Paper

Café: Le Chandelier on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich
Shop: The retro sweetshop Hope & Greenwood in East Dulwich.
Website: Ebay for all those odd things you can’t think where else you’d find them.
Blog: Gardeners' World magazine. Nice to know I’m not alone in my gardening disasters.
Magazine: Vogue. What can I say? I like clothes.