Day 47: Alice Charman

Every time I look at today’s creative feminist’s (@amcharms on Instagram) bold, vibrant and beautiful screen-prints they instantly uplift me and make me smile. Not only are they effortlessly joyful, they are so unique to Alice’s carefully crafted, personal style. I love them so much I couldn’t wait to snap one up for my own walls; so I’m delighted to welcome Alice, who’s also a dear friend of mine, to the fem fam. 

Please may you introduce yourself and your practice.
My name is Alice Charman (@amcharms) and I am primarily a Graphic Designer. Having a creative outlet has always been an important part of my life and after discovering screen printing, I feel I have found a medium that encapsulates my bold, graphic style and love of colour. 

How did you develop your practice?
I got into screen printing after taking a couple of taster courses before investing in my own silkscreen and materials, so I could experiment in my own space and time. I have created my own illustrations for a long time and found myself naturally adapting my innate style and imagery for screen printing. 

What inspires you and why do you love your practice?
I am invariably inspired by the natural world and consistently document certain shapes, colours or compositions that I come across in my daily life. I love screen printing as it challenges me to take what I see and break it down into a series of simplified layers and colours. I find by having these boundaries in place, I am often forced to be more imaginative than I would be otherwise. 

What does it mean to you to be a creative feminist?
For me, being a creative feminist means truly embracing what you’re passionate about. I am naturally drawn to creating what can be seen as ’decorative’ art and used to worry that it would be deemed as not particularly ‘serious,’ but I’ve learnt to understand that if you enjoy what you create and it can bring happiness to other people, then that is more than enough. 

Alice’s appreciation and lived experience that bringing others happiness through her fabulous screen-prints is the ultimate marker of success, is such a valuable lesson to us all. Please show Alice and her uplifting work the warm welcome she deserves by following her page on Instagram @amcharms and by commenting your love and thoughts below! I am over the moon to celebrate you and your work lovely Alice.

If you would like to purchase one of Alice’s screen prints featured below, you can do so by visiting her Etsy shop at www.etsy.com/shop/AliceCharmanPrints.

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