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Carla McRae is a Melbourne-based illustrator and designer. Growing up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Carla spent her childhood obsessing over cartoons, pop culture and hunching over a sketchbook. After studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in design at the University of the Sunshine Coast, she moved to Melbourne where she now freelances from her tiny home studio under her sometimes-pseudonym The Paper Beast.

Using paper, pencil, fine liners and markers her drawings depict small, open narratives and stories about characters and their worlds. Her characters are strong, independent and busy exploring the spaces they occupy, or enjoying the beauty of small gestures and quiet moments. When she isn’t working on projects, she enjoys making art works, small runs of books and zines and drawing all day.

Solo exhibitions: ‘Still.’, Lamington Drive, Melbourne (2016). Select group exhibitions include: ‘Oneline’, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne (2016); ‘Stacks On’, No Vacancy Project Space, Melbourne (2016); ‘Shark Week’, Enough Space, Melbourne (2016); ‘Hi We’re New Here’, Enough Space, Melbourne (2015); ‘Not Yr Sweetheart’, The Print Bar, Brisbane, (2015); ‘Ume no Yume’, Künstler, Brisbane (2015); ‘Versus’, No Comply, Toowoomba (2015); ‘Supergraph’, Melbourne (2015); ‘Plants and Personal Memories’, MARS gallery, Toowoomba (2014); ‘On Track’, Whitehouse Institute of Design (2014); ‘Let’s Face It’, The Selvedge Yard, Gold Coast (2014); ‘Tarot’, Southside Tea Room, Brisbane (2013). Select press includes Desktop Magazine, Frankie Magazine, Yen Magazine, NY Mag, The Age, The Young Ones, The Design Kids, Booooooom, Australian InFront.

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