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Introducing... Kitsch Religion

Get to know more about Claire, the artist behind Kitsch Religion. You can find her prints, paintings, greeting cards, postcards and paper goods at our Summer Street Food and Makers Markets, on June 10th and August 12th.

So, where did Kitsch Religion begin?

Kitsch Religion started out as a concept for a design project during my time studying textiles print. Initially driven by an interest in the way that shrines of worship are often created from tacky, gaudy or cheaply manufactured artifacts, I was intrigued by the combination of devoutness with man-made tat. I see it as a representation that spirituality is a very pure, sincere thing that can be manifested and manipulated through belief systems, religion or religious propaganda.

This interest has evolved to further investigation into the perceptions of taste, or bad taste within different cultures, and the cultural connotations that are given to objects. Items that are considered 'kitsch' are interesting because they are things that are considered bad taste but are created, kept and cherished by people nonetheless.

I am also inspired by images that no longer have any use in society, or their existence has become obsolete/meaningless. For example vintage advertisements for cigarettes and smoking, which are always very attractive, colourful and alluring. Of course, worlds apart from the diseased and deathly photographs on tobacco packaging we are battered with nowadays.

How has your business developed since?

It occurred to me that if I want people to see and enjoy my artwork, I would need to create something that is accessible. I started out by designing a range of greeting cards, titled “A Stitch in Time”, which uses illustrations from vintage sewing patterns and situating them in a contemporary context, achieved by adding modern quips and vibrant colours.

The aspiration to invite a wider audience to my work has also lead me to produce art prints. Some designs were originally intended for large pieces of fabric, however work just as effectively on paper. At this early stage in my business, this is a more affordable way for me to publish my prints and a fantastic way of seeing how people will respond to them.

The Paper Daisy event in June will be my first major craft fair, and I’m very excited to be involved. I will also be taking part with Artist’s Open House in Brighton throughout May 2017, which is also a huge milestone for me.

What’s your favourite thing to create?

I love the process of juxtaposing found imagery with new ideas, to reinstate or rethink things that already exist but have become obsolete - or forgotten. Essentially, what I do is collage, which is an outlet I have been excited by since I was a child.

As much as possible I like to draw and attend life-drawing sessions. I believe drawing is an integral part of the creative process and key for observation and inspiration. Photography is great for this too, I especially like film photography although on the technical front, I am a total amateur.

We cant wait to see all your beautiful artwork at our Summer Street Food & Makers Market, at the Brighthelm! Make sure you come along on June 10th or August 12th and pop inside and take a look for yourselves!

You can find out more about Kitsch Religion and see Claire's portfolio on her website or shop online at Etsy.

And don't forget to follow Claire on Instagram, Twitter, Linked in and Pinterest!

Take a look at some of our other traders that will joining Claire and showcasing their designs at our Summer Makers Market on June 10th...

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