Clare Youngs lives on the Kent Coast with her husband and mini Dachshund Otis. She divides her time in creating original collaged artworks, illustrating, writing craft books and running workshops. She studied Graphic Design at art college and went onto spend a number of years in the industry, mostly in packaging design and then later in book jacket design. After taking some time out to have four children she decided she wanted to pursue a different path in the creative industry. As a child her mother was in publishing and bought home wonderful craft books. So with these and bags of fabric scraps provided by her grandmother and paper from her parents she spent many happy hours creating. In 2009 she put together some ideas for a book on contemporary paper craft for the home and sent it off to a few publishers. The book was taken up and she has gone on to write numerous books on textile and paper crafts.