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Claire's design philosophy is to create exquisite accessories to cherish. Each piece is adorned with intricate prints inspired by her sketchbook drawings and illustrations. The prints are rich in lyrical narrative, blending floral, avian and nautical imagery with literary references to poetry and fairytales.
There is a story behind each of my collections of luxurious silk scarves, purses, brooches and limited edition prints. For example the Cloud Bloom collection was inspired by my time spent drawing in Trewidden Gardens, Cornwall. The designs capture a sense of time and place, evoking hazy glimpses of cloud through verdant flora and fauna, the sound of birdsong over a waterlily pool; layering floral imagery with British garden birds and illustrations of nearby Mousehole harbour.
The Moon Tree collection features illustrations of swallows, owls, passionflowers, houses and woodland. Much of the narrative behind the imagery was inspired by folk stories and fairytales including an anonymous writer who hypothesized in 1703 that swallows fly to the moon to hibernate. An illustration of the moon can be found in each design and I have long been fascinated by the metaphorical power of forests and woodland in fairytales.
I work from my studio in Cornwall, where the subtropical gardens and coastline inspire many of my drawings and designs. I have worked as a freelance costume designer and as a lecturer at Falmouth University for over a decade; and hold a BA in Textiles from Goldsmiths and an MA in Textile design. I was delighted to recently win the British Craft Trade Fair award for Excellence.