Slow textiles from Cardiff
Whilst studying Contemporary Textile Practice at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Claire was encouraged to experiment with a variety of new materials and innovative technologies. She found, however, that she had a much greater affinity with natural fibres whilst being drawn to learn more about traditional making skills. Far from limiting her creativity, she embarked on a creative exploration of this field, thriving upon the challenges and delighting in unexpected results.
By now, Claire has carved a niche in slow textiles. She is well known for her unique plant dye scarves where foraged leaves, bark, berries and lichen stain and mark the fabric to extraordinary effect. In contrast to the delicate nature of this work, Claire also makes more sculptural forms including bags, bowls and non-functional cutlery from native breed fleece, which tends to be coarser and more labour intensive to felt.
Each and every area of her practice demonstrates a commitment to sustainability whilst celebrating the endless resources found in nature.