ARTIST INTERVIEW: Claire Nereim of Plant Planet
Plant Planet is a series of affordable screenprints created by Claire Nereim. All prints are made by hand in a small printing studio in Los Angeles, using recycled paper and non-toxic inks. Plant Planet prints are bright and quiet at the same time, sometimes mapping fruiting and blooming cycles, sometimes arranging groups of plants or single species in other configurations.
Claire has also created a custom artwork for the Echo Park Craft Fair for the past 6 seasons. Her designs, used on our invites and silk screened by hand as limited edition prints, bring a special and essential beauty to the EPCF aesthetic. 5 of the prints are available in our online store.
How is your work inspired by or influenced by nature and your surroundings?
My work is directly inspired by the plant life I encounter. Plant Planet began when I was living in San Francisco. I spent a lot of time hiking and biking around Marin, and I started to more consciously eat seasonal foods.
I’ve always loved drawing and arranging plants—fruits, flowers, seeds, leaves, and branches. I was already screenprinting posters and album covers, and this project started to organically emerge from these overlapping interests. I didn’t realize when I started making botanical prints that it would take me so far, but there is endless inspiration. The native flora of Southern California is still stunning to me, even after 8 years here.
Who are some current artists, creators, or people working on other fields whose work you admire?
There are too many to name! A handful that comes to mind includes feminist photographer Jo Ann Callis, jewelers Annie Costello Brown and Kathryn Bentley, painter Bella Foster, and graphic designer Louise Fili. I also greatly admire the food activist and incredible chef Alice Waters.
What is a new idea you have been working with recently?
I’ve been sketching seaweeds and Central American fruits, and am thinking about doing more textile designs. I don’t know exactly what’s coming next, but there are a lot of ideas floating around my studio.
Do you have any artist or creative people in your family? If so, how did they influence you?
My father is an architect. His hands-on approach to making has always made creative projects across disciplines seem feasible to me. I also think his Scandinavian sensibility informs my work. My mother, among other things, keeps a garden with fruit trees, and her love of growing, eating, and cooking with fruits has definitely guided me on this path.