#LDF13 ‘Ornithological’ by Claire Scully
Scully’s meticulously hand drawn feathers display the level of intricate detail to be found in much her work including her typeface designs. ‘Ornithological’ was drawn late into the night after returning from a trip to the US to avoid dealing with jetlag.
The inspiration for Scully’s self initiated work often comes from my everyday surroundings of the metropolis and its relationship with the natural world. “I love 50’s, 60’s and 70’s architecture particularly tower blocks with their form and location, this is where I also find the connection to nature and natural patterns in the environment of interest.”
“I have a geeky obsession with science fiction books, TV and films. I am fascinated by the play of ideologies in the utopias and dystopias of science fiction, the creation of landscapes and societies where the impossible is made possible. My work displays a mix of strange utopian worlds and parallel universes with juxtapositions of the unexpected, playing with scale and narrative.”
Scully Graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2006 with an MA in Communication Design and in 2004 from London College of Communication with a BA hons in Graphic and Media design: Illustration. She has been working freelance ever since and her clients include: New York Times, The Guardian, Penguin books, Random house, Howies, Wallpaper* magazine, Velux, Asda and universal records. Working across many disciplines using drawing, painting, photography and digital collage as her main process she also frequently enjoy collaborating with other creatives including furniture maker D.H.Painter and fellow illustrator Susie Wright.