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.

My latest books are two board books called Action Rhymes and Nursery Rhymes.

Work for Roger la Borde continues with more cards and Pop & Slots. A new large Pop & Slot Advent calendar will be out for Christmas 2013 and also a Pop & Slot CIRCUS in a Box, which joins the Nativity and Snow Park ones.

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.

Please email me for any queries or to say hello. It's nice to hear from the outside world!

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