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Charlotte Taylor

Scaling It Back to Reality with Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte Taylor is a London-based illustrator and designer who’s hagridden by the freedom of fine arts and eventually severed her ties with the limits of architecture, yet she didn’t sever all of her ties since her illustrations are focused on minimal structures. Even if she’s quite new in her profession she came a long way in such short term due to her experimental works to create her style. She gets her inspiration from modernism and postmodernism. How she presents the light and shadow in her images creates playful scenes that bring joy when they come together with mostly pastel color palettes and clean lines.  

You grew up in a creative family, how did it influence your creative journey?

  With my father being a lighting consultant, I was able to tag along to site visits of some extraordinary homes from a young age. My mother has an interest in interiors, we’d always be rearranging my childhood home together. Having an involvement and awareness of design from such a young definitely helped shape my creative journey.


You describe your style as architectural, fictional and playful yet they are incomparable to any other designs, where do you find the inspiration to create such unique designs?

I draw inspiration from almost everywhere; old advertising and books, little details I find interesting whilst out on a walk, objects, and even conversations. My work is a patchwork and culmination of anything that catches my attention. 


Color pallets you prefer are the most out standing features of your designs as much as geometrical forms, what are the main focuses for you?

Composition is the key focus for me, everything else is a secondary decision and somewhat improvised based on how the space takes form. I rarely plan a color palette in advance. 


From illustration to architecture, or to photography you perform in many fields of art, which form of art reflects you more as an artist?

My work is a sum of many outputs. Be it architecture, photography or illustration, all of these mediums play a part in each other's process. Perhaps architecture and interiors reflect my work most successfully as it’s the same process in a more final stage. 


Your approach brings together fine art practice and design process and brings a fresh eye to structural forms, what would you advice to other designers who try to free themselves from the classical forms of art?

  To be playful and not take things too seriously and to design unconventionally. The few times I’ve designed with architectural principles in mind, I’ve struggled to create anything exciting. Working backwards is a far more productive process for me, designing the ideal and near impossible and then scaling it back to reality. 


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