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Ventnor Exchange’s Brave Island (14-25yo) programme recently ran a competition to design a Christmas Card to raise money for the local Foodbank. We chat to the winning designer Charlotte Parr-Burman. Buy the cards in-store or online.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What do you do when you’re not making art?

I’m 22, I grew up in Norfolk and went to uni in Manchester to study architecture. My family moved to the Island about three years ago and I’ve worked a few different jobs here in cafes and picking tomatoes.
When I’m not working I’m usually running or walking my dog Pablo and exploring with my camera.

Your design is lovely, what inspired you to create it?

Thank you, I was inspired by the sea eagles that were released here last year, my mum loves birds so we are always on the lookout for them!

Why did you decide to take part in this competition?
I’m always on the lookout for creative inspiration and briefs, it seemed like a fun thing to do to make a Christmas card, plus with all the profits going towards such a good cause to help the food banks. I just thought why not, I never thought my design would be chosen!


And finally, we’d love to hear a bit about what you think of the Brave Island project.

I think it’s great! There are so many interesting opportunities and ideas, I’m really excited to see what it’s like in non-lockdown times.


14 -25 and looking for opportunities?

This design was the winning submission from a paid Brave Island brief to create a Christmas Card. Ventnor Exchange’s new platform Brave Island is a network for young islander’s aged 14-25 looking for all kinds of creative opportunities. Sign up for free today by clicking here


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