Clare came to feltmaking seven years ago as part of a creative textiles course and instantly fell in love with this creative process and set out to discover its possibilities. Felt opened up so many avenues for pictorial and abstract work, in 2D or onward into sculpture. Through her own personal journey with wool and through her diploma in felt making Clare has ventured down many paths of creativity.
There is a wonder in the technique of making felt as loose fibres fuse and knit themselves together under her hands, becoming a fabric of as many varied shapes and textures as she can imagine.
In the past Clare has built up her images during the half-felt stages, but after she was introduced to a way of reliably printing on felt Clare has pursued this process. Screen printing has enabled Clare to bring her fine art skills to the textiles she so loves making.
Clare uses British sheep wool in her felt. This way she can know the story of the wool, where it comes from, the landscape the sheep walked in, the weather it endured. Clare also knows it did not have to pollute the skies or oceans to reach her. Knowing the source of her materials leads her thinking onto the subject of the images she is then imposing onto it. To Clare it calls out to be the plants and animals, landscapes and structures which share the countryside the sheep inhabit.
Clare also tries to keep her other sourcing as local or ethical as possible. The cotton which lines her book covers is unbleached and organic. The quality art books are made by Seawhite in Brighton, the soaps in Bradford and the lampshade frames are manufactured in the UK.
When all these elements come together Clare is gratified that her work has integrity. It has been true to her creativity, her environment, her inspiration, her soul and her creator. An ethos that Heart Gallery also shares which is why we are ever so excited to have been carefully chosen by her as her Hebden Bridge stockist.