Many of you may have already signed up for my Christmas guide and dates printable (if you haven’t, why not do it now 🙂 – here is the link) and you will have seen the lovely cute little illustrations on the dates printable. I was delighted to work with a talented local artist, Charlotte Rule, on this project and I thought today I would share a little interview with Charlotte. Charlotte and I met with the monthly crafting get together, Craftenhagen, which I host and I love her creativity. She has shared so much with us as a group and we have learnt a lot of new skills from her.Charlotte is originally from Stevenage but grew up in a small market town in Norfolk, England and has been living in Copenhagen for the last few years. She went to the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, where she studied for a BA HONS in Visual Communication, specialising in Illustraton. She is currently a part time freelance illustrator, working alongside that as a window dresser for a well known clothing brand.
So over to Charlotte…
Do you find inspiration in any favourite places in Copenhagen? Can you tell us about these places and how they inspire you.
CR: There are quite a few places in and around the city that I find inspirational. These ar places that, after I have visited them, I find I am suddenly in the mood to create something, as well as places that inspire my work in a more direct way.
I love to draw animals, so I have a year card to the zoo which is a great way to observe the animals and get ideas. As well as this I enjoy being in nature, so the botanical gardens and Dyrehaven out in Klampenborg are also great spots for me.
I also like to visit the Design Museum and SMK art museum for ideas on techniques.
Where can people see more of your work?
CR: You can have a look at my work on my website
, where I have a variety of finished projects I have worked on. I also have a Facebook
and Instagram page
which are a more informal way to see works in progress and doodles or ideas. I sell original pieces on my Etsy page
, such as my Lino Prints and on my Society6
page you can find lots of my prints on different types of products, such as phone cases and cushion covers.
Christmas is just around the corner, what are your favourite things about Christmas in Denmark?
CR: I love the different traditions I get to experience, dancing around the Christmas tree and celebrating Christmas late into the evening of the 24th are some things that I really enjoy. I also like the preparation leading up to the big day, making konfekt and the buzzing atmosphere of the city.
You are originally from the UK, can you share a funny story about settling here in Copenhagen.
CR: When I moved to Denmark it was mid March and the daffodils were just beginning to bloom. I came with one suitcase and was ready to start the Spring! Unfortunately the Danish weather did not agree with me and my first day at work greeted me with the type of snow that would make everything stop in the UK. I think it was very obvious that I was new in the country by the clothes that I had to wear! Since then I have definitely learned to prepare for the unexpected…
So what does 2018 hold for you?
CR: I am looking towards bringing to life a new brand idea that I have been thinking about over the last year, and I hope to continue developing my artwork and enjoying life here in Copenhagen.
So, don’t forget to check out Charlotte’s work elsewhere on the internet for some unique Christmas gifts and cards…