Clare BeatonI have always had a love of folk art and now create illustrations for children's books using felt and a mostly vintage range of buttons, braid and fabrics. The pictures are all hand-stitched and I am always looking for more items to recycle and give a new lease of life in my work. Old aprons are a favourite source of wonderful patterns.

I take original pieces to show at fabric workshops that I give at schools, libraries, book events and other venues where I love to encourage others to make their own pictures. Children can achieve the same results by gluing rather than stitching the same range of materials that I use in my work.

I also write and illustrate in pen and ink craft and activity books and it was after one of these 'The FELT Book' that I began to work in fabric collage. My work also appears on children's jigsaws and games and was animated for a series of TV ads in North America for Triaminic. Working with an animation studio was very interesting and I hope to see more of my work animated in the future.

I have started working in PAPER collage which I love and the NATURE BOOK published by b small publishing written and illustrated by me was published in 2017. It's 32 pages long and is available in hardback and softback. I'm now working on a followup the OCEAN BOOK which will be out in 2018. I am currently also retelling and illustrating in paper and fabric collage a series of twenty 'Fairy Tale' books for a S Korean publisher which is a most exciting project.

I was brought up in North London where I still live and work. I studied graphics and illustration at art college and within a year got a job at the BBC as an illustrator for children's programmes which was fantastic.

I have three grown up children. The older two have a shop (called Nook), which sells stylish home wares, stationary and other wonderful things, whilst my youngest is a shoe designer.