Author: Imogen Aldridge

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer

There's no doubting the talent of Charlotte Farmer. The illustrator's stunning artworks are not to be missed, and her new collection of limited edition prints should be the first on your list.

Each of Charlotte's new artworks tell their own intriguing story. From fire-wielding gorillas to tigers on tea tins, these limited edition prints are brought to life by vibrant colours and intricate line work. It gets better - Charlotte's new artworks glow in the dark too. 'Giant Panther' and 'The Magnificant Mr Kong' feature delicate stars scattered around the white space, meaning that you can enjoy your artwork all night long.

We sat down with Charlotte to discuss her inspirations, her creative process, and what's next for her.

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

Giant Panther by Charlotte Farmer, £300

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

AR: What inspires you? 

CHARLOTTE: I’m interested in everyday things that people collect, like stamps and matchboxes, elevating the everyday into something jewel like  -also  I sometimes think maybe I make art about collections because because I don’t have space for an actual collection. I’m really drawn to vintage graphic design found in stamps, matchboxes, tins and firecracker boxes. There's an attention to detail you don’t always see now - and they often use more elaborate words and phrases which I really enjoy - like a tea tin which says “the finest tea obtainable".

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

Tiger Tea by Charlotte Farmer, £230

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

AR: Where did your love of art begin? 

CHARLOTTE: It's hard to say but I remember thinking the art teacher at my junior school was by far the nicest and coolest of all the teachers!

AR: Do you have a favourite piece of yours? Why is it your favourite?

CHARLOTTE: It tends to be the latest thing I’m working on as I find the printing process really exciting, as everything you’ve carefully planned in Photoshop changes and becomes a physical thing.

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

Lollapalooza Lion Jar by Charlotte Farmer, £230

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

AR: You obviously have a great love for colour - where did this begin? Why is it so important to you and your work?

CHARLOTTE: It’s definitely something that has evolved. When I started out in printmaking the first year of my course was all about etching and was mostly black and white. I think that’s why I was instantly attracted to screen printing because the colour possibilities are endless, even so it has taken quite a few years to really get into my colour stride - seeing how other people use colour in the print studio definitely opens your eyes to colour combinations you might not think of, so you get more experimental and confident in your own work. Ultimately I love colour and I want to make art that brightens your day.

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

Giant Panther by Charlotte Farmer, £300

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

AR: Can you tell us more about your creative process? Are there multiple steps to creating an artwork?

CHARLOTTE: I start with drawing, which goes through a few processes as I use carbon paper to get a certain line quality and to create the texture in my colours. Then I work out the composition and colour layers in photoshop to get the stencils I need for screen printing. Then I make the screens - one per colour, and start printing. It’s hard to say how long individual prints take to make as it depends on how complicated the drawing is and how many colours there are.

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

Personalised 'Pink Mega Mixtape' Screenprint by Charlotte Farmer, £75

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

AR: Can you tell us a bit about your screen printing workshops?

CHARLOTTE: At the beginning of the year I filmed an online course with Domestika about how to screen print at home.

AR: How do you see your art developing in the future?

CHARLOTTE: More colour, more bigger things! 

To explore Charlotte Farmer's new collection of artworks, along with her other limited edition prints, click here.

An Interview with Charlotte Farmer | Image

artworks

Sunny Sunbirds £230

Charlotte Farmer

42 x 59.4cm

Limited edition of 100

Mocking Magpies and Leaping Leopards £230

Charlotte Farmer

42 x 59.4cm

Limited edition of 100

A Cup Beyond Compare £115

Charlotte Farmer

29.7 x 42cm

Limited edition of 100

Tip Top Tea £115

Charlotte Farmer

29.7 x 42cm

Limited edition of 75

Daisy's Finest £115

Charlotte Farmer

29.7 x 42cm

Limited edition of 75

Vintage Parrot Cocoa Tin £115

Charlotte Farmer

42 x 29.7 cm

Limited edition of 75

Big Cat Power £85

Charlotte Farmer

17.5 x 12.5 cm

Limited edition of 175

Lollapalooza Lion Jar £230

Charlotte Farmer

42 x 59.4cm

Limited Edition 100

Giant Panther £300

Charlotte Farmer

55 x 70cm

Limited Edition of 50

The Magnificient Mr Kong £300

Charlotte Farmer

55 x 70cm

Limited Edition of 100

National Birds and Beasts £75 £60

Charlotte Farmer

22 x 25cm

Limited Edition of 75

Anyone for Tennis? £115

Charlotte Farmer

29.7 x 42 cm

Limited Edition of 50