A photo of Clare Martin painting at a table surrounded by ink bottles and brushes

Hi there, thanks for dropping by. I'm  a surface pattern designer and illustrator living in the sunny port city of Fremantle, Western Australia.

From a young age I was always drawing or making things. I'd spend hours drawing pictures or making cards for my family, illustrating and writing books, sewing or doing some kind of 'crafty' thing. My inspiration comes from the quirky, wonderful shapes, colours and patterns found in nature, things spied when out walking; anything really that catches my eye that I just have to draw. My aim is to create playful, happy surface designs full of colour, layers and texture, that will make you smile and feel good. 

When not working I like to spend time with my kids and dog at the beaches around Fremantle, seeing shows at the Summer Arts Festivals in Perth, learning how to keep my indoor plant collection alive and searching the local cafes for the perfect chai. 

My work has been featured in:

• The UK blog, Print & Pattern, May 2020

• Pattern Pulse - Exploring the art of Australian surface designers, Rachael King, 2020

• Uppercase magazine newsletter, June 2020

• E-magazine, The Digital Cloth, 2020