Christine is the daughter of graphic design parents, niece of a photographer, painter and print maker, grand daughter of a wedding photographer and painter, her destiny was set very early on!
She has a life long love of art, craft and design, particularly paper cutting, typography, textiles, patchwork, photography, needlepoint and the moving image. Over the years she has mashed these passions up in numerous combinations and loves surprising and inspiring students with her personal take on being creative and curious.
Christine helped popularise paper cutting when she appeared on the BBC’s ‘Make! Craft Britain’ series teaching a group of novices how to create three dimensional cut out cards.
It was on a rather extended trip to Canada when Christine taught herself paper-cutting (with a typographic slant). Needing to send birthday cards and gifts home she happened upon a ‘Dollar Store’ in the town - great for paper and foam board and a scalpel. Those first paper-cut experiments were quite different from the beautiful work Christine produces now - she has refined her technique over the years and now teaches many creative paper cutting courses with terrific results. It’s a low cost, visually pleasing craft which students find enjoyable and rewarding.
With a passion for most things creative, Christine also stitches whenever she can - clear that dining table! Patchwork quilts are a favourite. She rarely buys new fabrics, preferring to delve in to her collections and making do with what she already has, much of which has been donated, or bought at car boots. You could not describe her as a 'fat quarters quilter' and she is rather proud of that. She likes to encourage others to take this more anarchic, improvised approach to patch working, mixing velvets and linens, ticking and denim: it’s going back to the origins of patch working with a love of playing with fabric.
Christine takes photographs most days. She uses her camera as a visual note book and makes an effort to print them up her images and put them in albums.
As if all of this wasn't enough, Christine has sat on various juries including BAFTA, The British Animation Awards, D&AD (Design & Art Direction) and the Royal Television Society. And her graphic design work has been recognised with several awards and nominations, including a BAFTA nomination and the Kodak Young Photographer of the Year.
Watch Christine on: MAKE! Craft Britain
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Christine's online shop: christinegreencrafts.co.uk/christine-green-shop