Matthew Scott is an illustrator based in the UK with a talent for just about everything. His site, Divine Paper House, is so aptly named to house the work he has done for children’s books, editorials, advertising and his personal work. Be sure to have a look at his editorial work- it brings new meaning to the world of advertising, which in my opinion is almost undeserving of such talent. Matthew graduated in 2008 from Kingston University with honors and his awards include “Best New Blood” in the 2008 D&AD Awards and first place in the 2008 student category of the Cheltenham Illustration Awards for his book titled, “The Diver.”
Here is what Matthew had to say about a few pieces of his work:
What do you find most fulfilling about your work with WDM?
The first was winning the campaign to stop Kingsnorth, a new coal fired power station in the UK that would have emitted more carbon dioxide than Ghana – this would have been the first new coal power station to be built in the UK for over 20 years that would have caused more carbon emission than the whole of Ghana. I heard that EON, the power company planning the campaign, had shelved the idea, via a text message at an event we were holding with local activists, who were motivated by a mixture of local concerns and the devastating impacts of climate change on people’s lives around the world. It was amazing watching a group of people who were all revved up to oppose the plan move form confusion, to disbelief, to celebration (when someone finally said “um, I think that’s a campaign success!”). The second was walking out of the UN conference on climate change. This is something that almost surprises me to say, as I know I never thought that walking out of a UN conference would have been something I would have done some years ago. But the UN process at the talks in Copenhagen last year was being completely sidelined, and there was so much bullying and bribery of rich countries. When it came to the second week, and especially after civil society was restricted fro entering the conference, we realised that we had to do something that would really get the world to stand up and take notice. It was an amazing experience walking out of the conference with people from all over the world, demanding climate justice and heading out to meet with people who were being blocked for even entering the building. And thirdly, there was Bolivia. I went to Bolivia for the people’s conference on climate change and mother earth rights earlier this year. Whilst I was there, I met with so many inspiring and incredible people, and really saw why climate change was an issue that we couldn’t ignore – though in the north, we tend to think of climate change as something that will be a problem in the future, its so clear how its already impacting people’s lives in real time. It was really fantastic to be able to meet with them, and hear about their issues, and knowing that I could take this back and do something with it when I returned to the UK that could really have an impact in the longer term.