Yulia Brodskaya

Craft is the word of the moment in graphic design and illustration. Words like 'cut' and 'paste', which are so embedded in our creative software, have taken back their real-world meanings, and many of today's designers are rediscovering and developing their handicraft skills. Creatives around the world are finding that these skills, whether they involve oil on canvas, or paper, scissors and glue, are much sought after by clients. And, often, they're proving a lot more enjoyable to employ than vector selection tools and clipping paths.

Few better exemplify the authenticity of a handmade approach to image-making than Yulia Brodskaya, a Russian migr who has been developing her career in the UK for the last five years. "Digital images are not as fascinating to me as handmade ones," she declares. "Of course, there are digital artworks that I really like and appreciate, but they never make me think, 'I wish I could do that myself.' Handmade artworks or objects do."

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