Project Woman. This is an idea that has been bubbling around in my head for a good few years now. I wanted to start it when I could devote my time to it and the image of what I want to create is clear. I still haven't worked it out exactly, but I guess thats the beauty of art, its a journey. The time feels right for me now as I had a radical hysterectomy in 2019 and I have felt like my identity has been lost along with my memory and I hope to embark on this new chapter of my life with courage and excitement. So Project Woman is born...I want to learn about women, woman and myself...
Project Woman is an embroidery project which may end up as a huge piece of art in the stye of the Bayeaux Tapestry #ambitious or lots of smaller pieces #morelikely which will combine into an exhibition with possible off shoots...
Embroidery can be seen as a tool for domesticity or maybe womens work? I hope to subvert this by stitching the greatest women of all time, in my opinion of course. By creating them in textiles I hope to elevate both textiles as an art form and the women I stitch. Hopefully I want to dispel the image of domestic emancipation and uplift stitch into the art form it is.
I hope to document womens achievements which have been overlooked or wiped from the anals of history, like a stitched visual encyclopeia of fabulousness of these perhaps unsung heroines. This is not only about famous/infamous women, this is about you and me. If you want me to stitch you and tell your story get in touch. We are all heroines. Or if you want to add a woman to my huge list let me know.
It is my intention to pay homage to, highlight, elevate and celebrate these women. I will also be trying to incorporate looking into female issues along my journey including the menopause, periods, dieting, motherhood and so much more.
I am no expert in any of this and nor will I be claiming to be, my aim is to document whilst educating myself by researching women and the issues I will be looking at.
Each woman I stitch I hope to research and share my findings on my website and instagram whilst hopefully creating a wonderful portrait.
Curiouser and curiouser, Claire has tumbled down a rabbit hole, similar to Alice yet this hole seems to be littered with unanswered questions, to which she must find answers.
This place exists somewhere between childhood and becoming an adult and all the things in between.. from when we are born to what we become and are we really a product of our upbringing and environment and is change truly possible?
Claire explores this dialogue through her embroidery and artwork. She is fascinated by women and their journey through life and explores them through their stories true, perceived and otherwise.
She is also interested in trauma having experienced it herself and she asks the questions about how these things impact on our lives and is it possible to heal from these events and truly live.
Claire has ongoing series which include Project Woman which currently looks at women throughout history. Alongside this she has the Bra series which also looks at women in history, how they are viewed and presented to the masses. This series is stitched on to bras and begun with Emily Davison and Millicent Fawcett Courage bra. Another series is about childhood trauma and here she has Blossom Small and she is rescued and taught about courage and hope through the eyes of the adult she has now become.
As Oprah would say…. “what happened to you?” as opposed to What’s wrong with you?
She continues to explore the fascinating journey through life using her needle and thread to discuss these topics. The use of stitch helps Claire to truly connect to her subjects and become immersed for over 150 hours per piece in their story and dialogue. For centuries embroidery has been seen as women’s work and Claire continues to challenge this perception by using embroidery as the language of love, story telling and freedom and to elevate to its true place of art.