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November News

November 2021

Gosh, where did November go? I had a lot planned for November, but sadly I got poorly and I had to take some time out. All better now, thank goodness and I am back in the studio. Above is an image of my latest piece which is Blossom Small. My first piece in my Trauma Tales Series. Blossom is a cycle breaker, she has had quite the journey since childhood and her older self is now travelling back in time to rebuild her and to show her that change and healing is possible, not only for her, but for anyone who has experienced trauma. 

I was booked to do a talk for A Love Note For Textiles, and this will be rescheduled for the New Year... Exciting times. 

Its not long now until the this year will be over, and I will be spending the next month making another version of my Domestic Goddess/Bullshit Club piece. One of my fave pieces. I will also be making my Brave Pants for my inclusive Brave Pants Club, which I launched on Instagram. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone creates. 

I had the great honour of having my portrait of Oprah shared on her Oprahs Book Club page on instagram too this month. Its been a busy month. 

More fabulous stuff in the pipeline which I cannot wait to share with you in next months news. 


October News

October 2021

OMg I have such news.... and I am still trying to process what has happened.... Months ago I submitted Gloria Gloria to the Royal Academy Summer Show and she was shortlisted.... That was incredible in its self... Then the BBC contacted me and asked me if they could follow my journey... and even though I was scared I said yes... and it has been quite the journey... Watch on iplayer to see if I got in and how that journey panned out...


September News

September 2021

September has arrived with its glorious hues and tones... and Claire is still having to hold her breath whilst she keeps her secrets until she is able to reveal all on Oct 2nd... at least she will be allowed to let one of her secrets out of the bag. She is almost fit to burst. 

Exciting times are ahead as she waits ot hear if she has been selected for the Ing Discerning Eye exhibition, which she was very lucky to be included in last year. 

Work has started in earnest on her Trauma Project The adventures of Blossom Small. Claire faces a lot of challenges with this project, both emotionally and technically, as she will be using 24 carat gold thread, applying her version of Kintsugi. Where things become beautifully broken, and the mending is visible. 

Whilst all this is happening, she is looking for more brave pants to submit to another exhibition. The process of submission is always daunting for artists, as art is subjective and they either like your work or they don't. Its important to develop a strong, thick skin for this process and to keep on trying. 


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August News

August 2021

So much has been going on in the last few years. Claire has found her brave pants, committed to her journey and has put herself out there in the big old world. 


Since making this decision to focus only on her art practice Claire has had some exciting achievements. To mention a few she was a finalist in the National Needlework Awards, won the Marshwood Vale Prize for Applied Art and became a columnist and features writer for Be Creative With Workbox. 


The pandemic and all the lockdowns made it hard for all artists and everyone really, with many having to think outside the box for how to proceed with their lives and careers. Claire has used this as an opportunity to sharpen her focus. 


Currently she is working on a series of projects, Project Woman, Bra Vo, Blossom Small, alongside submissions for large exhibitions, her first commission and a collaboration in the pipeline. Busy times ahead... she also has something super exciting hapening with the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, but she can't tell you just yet.... its a secret ...