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Artist Profile: Yvette Driver, LittlePapa

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Brighton-based artist, Yvette Driver, specialises in laser cutting, resin work and hand-drawn art, working under the name, LittlePapa. From badges, to jewellery and bespoke artwork, if something inspires her, she makes it, and this year will be her first Artists Open Houses.

How would you describe LittlePapa?

LittlePapa was created while my children were small. I wanted the joy of spending time with them while keeping my mind active and challenged, so I began by designing colour-block children’s t-shirts. Once I had mastered this, I quite fancied having a go at laser cutting, which opened up a whole new world and I began experimenting with all mediums, constantly pushing my boundaries.

What inspires you?

In a word: everything, although, I am usually led by anything retro, or music related. My laser-cut FAB lolly and Mr Whippy ice-cream necklaces and badges were created after a stroll along the seafront; I love the bright colours of the 100s and 1000s against a bright blue sky. Lyrics also play a big part in my work. I love that they can mean one thing to one person and something completely different to another. Resin is perfect for this, and I have managed to encapsulate lyrics within resin to be loved forever in the form of jewellery, or bespoke, framed artwork.

Do you have a favourite piece of work?

My favourite piece of work is always the next one that I’m plotting. Sometimes I get ideas in the middle of the night and that thought process is by far the most exciting bit. I’ll think of ways to make it happen, materials, and colours, and I literally can’t sit still until I am at a table and producing it.

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What is it about Brighton and Hove particularly that makes it so suited to creatives?

Brighton is the perfect place to be creative. It is a beautiful, vibrant city and it’s impossible not to get the creative bug here. There are so many talented artists on our doorstep; through doing craft fairs around the city I have met some wonderful people and each one is doing something completely different. It’s so inspiring to be a part of it.

What is the most difficult project you’ve undertaken?

During the learning process there are always a few teething problems. Sometimes ideas can seem quite simple, but achieving the look isn’t as easy as you thought. I have glue gun scars and have had scalpel accidents; I’ve had glitter in my eyes and brightly-coloured blobs of resin are now a permanent fixture on my kitchen work surfaces. You need patience to create. Once I’ve mastered a piece, the reward massively outweighs the black Sharpie pen marks on my newly-painted nails.

Where can we see your work?

This year I have signed up to open my own home for the Artists Open Houses during May. It will be my first Open House. Having wanted a shop bursting with beautiful things for as long as I can remember, I jumped at the opportunity. I will be displaying my resin and laser-cut jewellery, alongside some framed light boxes and framed, resin, lyric work. I have scoured the streets of Brighton and Hove for the most fabulous artists to join me in my venture, and together with them, I have compiled a house full of beautiful things. LittlePapa House is part of the Hanover trail; it is going to be a very exciting month. As well as displaying fabulous art, we will be opening up the shed in our garden for workshops for people of all ages, and all the details are on our website www.littlepapahouse.co.uk. Please come along and say hi and grab a cup of tea and a slice of cake.

What does the future hold for LittlePapa?

LittlePapa is always changing and moving on to different things, so although I have no idea what the future holds exactly, what I do know is that if it’s in my head, I’ll be making it, and probably covering it with glitter too!

www.littlepapahouse.co.uk

www.littlepapa.co.uk

T: @LittlePapaCo

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