I am delighted you want to find out more about me personally, however please talk to my agents about commissions as they handle all of that for me. I look forward to working with you.
Gail Armstrong

Gail Armstrong

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I am an experienced and professional illustrator specialising in the craft of paper sculpture. I relish a challenge and pushing the boundaries of what can be done in paper. My paper engineering skills are used to create 3D paper cut images for a wide variety of projects worldwide. Recent highlights include Nestle "Love to Share" campaign, United Nations stamp, IRS calendar, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade poster and the Kleenex "Feelings" campaign.

Awards:

Asiago International Philatelic Award

Cannes International Advertising
- 1 Gold Lion
- 2 Bronze Lions

The Big Won
-1st place Top 10 Press Campaigns in the World

The London International Awards
- 1 Gold
- 1 Silver

International Andy Awards
- 1 Bronze

Creativematch FLAIR winner
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.
SELECTED CLIENTS:
Anchor ButterKleenex, Guernsey Post, Macy's NY, National Geographic , Stonefly Shoes, Virgin Travel, Wausau Paper

Favourites
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.
 
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