Claire works in textile and illustration to commission and sells in the UK, USA and Europe. Working commercially, for exhibition and to individual commission, alongside her textile work she produces a range of prints executed in scraperboard, these are sold throughout the UK.
Claire is a textile artist whose work involves mixed media techniques working in an illustrative manner. Rather than being material or technique specific, she utilizes an inventive broad approach to the drawn mark whether is made through traditional drawing materials or the use of stitch and fabric.
Her distinctive work has an illustrative quality with its inspiration rooted in the everyday. Her current fascination is the theme of making do and mending with inspiration from dressmaking techniques, labels, packaging and associated graphics.
Drawing is integral to her approach in creating combinations of mixed media components. Through stitching and structuring fabric she creates further compositional textile drawings, which are deeply rooted, in a narrative tradition.
Recent funding from the Scottish Arts Council has enabled her to move in new directions experimenting with digital print techniques. Digital printing on fabric provides an appropriate medium to build on her previous experience in illustration and facilitates the fusion of hand skills and new media techniques.
She has exhibited extensively in the UK, in 2004 at The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh; MADE Gallery, Bristol; Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland; Bluecoat Display Centre; Liverpool; Leicester city Gallery and The McManus Gallery, Dundee.
To see her work visit the website www.incahoots.org.uk.