Saara Chapman

Graphic designer

I studied Media production specialising in traditional animation at university. 

I did a lot of sculpture-claymation stop motion animation and learnt about the principles of film making/film language. Before this I did Art & Design at college which is where I began to learn to use Adobe Creative Suite. The college course I did in Sheffield had a Bohemian feel to it (it was based in an old mill), and it gave me the freedom to try my hand at just about everything conceivable art-wise! I came to a love for graphic design accidentally through experience and practice of using CS software for a wide variety of unique design projects over time. I have always loved a challenging design brief more than anything!

The work-related questions I'm asked most frequently are:-

Q ~ When can it be done by?
A ~ I like the flutter you get from a deadline.  I think some of my best work has come under the pressure of time!

Q ~ Could you do…..this?
A ~ I’m sure I can, no matter how unusual! You will only learn by challenging yourself and you need to believe that if you can conceive it you can do it!  Original concept is the key thing to this work and being able to visualise what you are going to produce.

The best thing about working with Clinic95?
I guess you could say I’m a bit of an old hat at Clinic95 as I’ve worked (in various roles) from the very beginning years ago (and before this I was at St Clements with Maria).
The best thing about working at Clinic 95 is the team who are like family!  Maria is an inspirational person to work for.  She has always been an ideas person; forward thinking and ambitious.  It has been wonderful to work for her because of the creative freedom she has given to me and also because we have a way of working where we often seem to both know what the other is thinking without needing to say very much because we have worked together creatively in this way for so long.

I have also been very lucky to work with the creative people that Maria has collaborated with and I have learnt a great deal from the work that I have produced with them.

What profession other than my own would I most like to attempt?
I would love to be a stone sculptor! I love the permanence of stone as it withstands time. I love the physicality that goes into producing the sculpture, chiselling away at a huge rock is physically demanding and it needs determination, I think this labour of love is almost as beautiful as the aesthetic of the sculpture you can produce.
I love coming up with original concepts and I love visually refining work and so somehow it’s not too dissimilar to the graphic design work that I do. I am taking courses in stone sculpting in my spare time!

When I'm not working, I love exercise and how positive it makes me feel.  I especially enjoy yoga and swimming (especially lake swimming) and occasional climbing. 

I hope you love the style of what you see when you look at Clinic95 marketing and promotional materials, and the adverts that may have been the very thing to draw you to the clinic in the first place.