Charlotte Webster
London, UK

 

 

 

Charlotte is an artist, designer and the founder of Human Nature.

She was born in 1981 near some large green fields and three giant beech trees under the vast skies of Norfolk. She grew up in a home filled with art, crafts, artists, making, doing and fixing.

A self-taught artist with a fascination for the natural and social world, Charlotte studied Geographical Sciences at University of Bristol, but unswervingly maintained her passion for pencils and paintbrushes throughout her study. Charlotte’s work vividly celebrates the beauty of the natural world, attempting to capture the quietly powerful spirit of connectedness.

Her graphical painting and designs often focus on symbolism, traditional indigenous cultures, our relationship with the animal kingdom and the environment around us.

The inspiration for her iconography is drawn from her connection to the wild and years living in Canada and New Zealand. Her ‘Zuni Bear’ series explores ancient belief systems and our relationship with the natural world, her first Zuni painting an official Greenpeace UK print with three of her designs now available on Greenpeace clothes. Charlotte has work in collections in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and across the UK.

Charlotte on Human Nature

I’ve been interested in symbolism as long as I can remember. Looking up at the totem poles as a child in Stanley Park, Vancouver I loved that they basically screamed ‘don’t mess with nature’. We shouldn’t underestimate the value of what surrounds us as, ultimately, it is what we are. As such, traditional cultures have much to teach us about its value and what to prioritise in life.

The Zuni Bear is a North American symbol of the Zuni people, recognised by its distinctive stripe through the body. The bear is seen as a mediator between people and the animal kingdom as well as a ‘guardian animal’ with healing powers. It’s collected worldwide, most commonly as a stone carving.

There’s something magically powerful about these creatures and, in my mind, the symbol reminds us of our innate interdependence and the respect we should have for a world bigger and better than us as humans.