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Clare Burchell is a textile artist who graduated from the University College of the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey with a Textiles BA Honours degree, specialising in silk screen printing.
I have shown my work at the New Designers exhibition in London, as well as holding two exhibitions with other local artists in Penzance at Just Cornish and Chy Gwella house of healing and creativity. I also undertook some work experience with textile designer and screen printer Mirjam Rouden; I found myself learning a great deal from the way in which she worked and found it a rewarding experience that gave me an insight into the textile industry.
My screen printed designs are printed both on paper and on a variety of silks and cottons. The use of colour plays an important role in my work; I enjoy overlapping vibrant and contrasting colours to create and enhance my designs. I am interested in the use of repeat patterns and how the same image can be altered in size or colour, to create a completely different overall look from piece to piece. The addition of embroidery and appliqué is sometimes applied to the print to create an unusual effect.
My work is influenced by the surrounding countryside of Cornwall, where I spent my childhood, as well as my travels abroad. I find Cornwall an inspiring area, especially the strong contrasts within the natural beauty of the countryside, for instance the fresh sea breeze of a spring morning, compared with the harshness and violent weather conditions of winter. This dramatic change of the seasons in Cornwall plays an important role in my work, particularly with my use of colour and textures.
I recently began producing knitted textile pieces, including knitted bags, canvasses, throws and wall hangings, to broaden my variety of work. I began knitting as a hobby, but soon realised I had a passion for it. I like the qualities of wool and the variety of choices available to me. I mainly use knit, often combining two colours intertwined in the stitches. I am interested in recycling and the use of found objects and have recently begun rag rug making, using reclaimed fabrics, which I am finding very enjoyable. I plan to branch into knitting with plastic and wire in the near future.
I hope to keep exhibiting my work and am looking to broaden my scope and further my career in this exciting and diverse industry.
My work is available for sale, or exhibition purposes. Commissions are also welcome. Please contact me on .