Gail did her foundation course at Sheffield Polytechnic before gaining both a BA and Post Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design and Illustration at Glasgow School of Art. She began her career in graphic design, gradually accepting more and more illustration commissions and perfecting her paper crafting skills.
Though finally rendered in pieces of paper that have been carefully cut and glued together, each image Gail creates begins as a series of drawings. As she explores the composition and various concepts, she focuses on creating something that has both style and substance to it. The result is usually a photograph of her artwork, which viewers love to see more than once, poring over the textures, colours and patterns in the final construction.
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 colours.
Shortlisted in AOI Illustration Award 2014 - Research and Knowledge category for “Life Cycle of a Butterfly”
Asiago International Award for Philatelic Art 2012 - winner for “Land” stamp in set of 3 for United Nations conference on sustainable development in Rio
Cannes Gold Lion 2010 – Billboards
Cannes Bronze Lion 2010 – Illustration
Cannes Bronze Lion 2010 - Press
The Big Won 2010 – 1st in Press Campaigns
Creative Circle Awards 2011 Silver in Illustration (Craft Print)
Creative Circle Awards 2011 Bronze in Magazine Campaign (Press)
Creative Match Flair Award for Illustration 2011
Daler Rowney Award for Outstanding Paper Sculpture 1997
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.