From galleries full of contemporary artworks through to Paperchase outlets selling her favorite medium, Gail takes inspiration from the world around her, then applies her imagination to craft characters, vehicles, buildings, products, typography and entire dioramas – either in full color or plain white. She has a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration at Glasgow School of Art.
Each construction begins with extensive planning as Gail explores the composition and how to sculpt the image three-dimensionally. Then she meticulously constructs the set, poring over the textures, colors and patterns, before it is professionally photographed.
Paper may seem flat to most of us, but Gail sees in it the potential to create new worlds with their own look and feel. Simple sheets are manipulated and transformed into 3D sculptures, imbued with beauty using a gamut of stocks, textures and colors.
2011 – Creative Circle Awards – Silver in Illustration – Craft Print
2011 – Creative Circle Awards – Bronze in Magazine Campaign – Press
2011 – Creative Match Flair Award for Illustration
2010 – Cannes Gold Lion – Billboards
2010 – Cannes Bronze Lion 2010 – Illustration
2010 – Cannes Bronze Lion 2010 – Press
2010 – The Big Won – 1st in Press Campaigns
1997 – Daler Rowney Award for Outstanding Paper Sculpture
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.