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Meet The Others: Fran Giffard

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The Other Art Fair 2016 artist Fran Giffard creates vibrant works of art from her used Moleskin diary pages. By painting colourful birds from all over the world on personal found-material, Fran’s unique pieces are eye-catching and popular with all types of art-lovers.

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How would you describe your artwork?

I draw birds over my unbound Moleskine diary pages using watercolour, ink, gouache, and pencil. I carefully compose each drawing around my handwritten notes, maps, recipes, and to-do lists. In a similar manner to natural illustrations, I try to make each of my birds beautiful, bold, and full of character.

What does making art mean to you?

I spend almost all of my time looking at and drawing birds. Even when I’m not in the studio, I’m thinking about colour and composition while looking out for new species to draw! It’s impossible for me to separate my art and life as they are so interconnected.

How did you get started making art?

I’d always experimented with drawing and painting as a child. I also had an early interest in nature. Both of these passions came together at art college and I simply haven’t looked back!

What is it like to be a part of The Other Art Fair?

The Other Art Fair is always an exciting experience. Becoming friends with such a diverse group of artists and meeting new and enthusiastic clients is both thrilling and edifying. Everyone – from the TOAF team to fellow artists and visitors – is incredibly supportive and interested. There’s always a huge buzz of excitement for the duration of the fair. I’m greatly look forward to returning in 2017!

What is your favourite piece for sale on your SA profile and why?

‘Atlantic Puffin’, 5.5H x 7.1W, $190

My current favourite is my small drawing of an Atlantic Puffin. These birds are so sweet and full of character and this is what I’ve tried to convey in my drawing. The piece is finished using a metallic-gold ink for the cheek (Atlantic Puffins have golden-orange cheeks). I love this small interpretive flourish – it makes the piece stand out and can only really be appreciated in person!

The Other Art Fair London returns to Bloomsbury’s historic Victoria House on 30 March-2 April 2017. Book tickets now and meet and buy from 130 of the best emerging artists