British Textile Artist
Mary-Clare lives and works in a beautiful part of rural Dorset. She was born in the Philippines but grew up in Hampshire, England. Her Art Foundation was at the University For The Creative Arts in Farnham, and she went on to a degree in 3-Dimensional Design at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design.
As well as the landscape around her, Mary-Clare draws inspiration from the many different countries she has visited, in particular India. The motifs they use and the fantastically bright colours in the textiles and embroidery hold a particular fascination for her. She is also interested in modern film production, the way the sets are coloured and the atmosphere they evoke.
Mary-Clare moved to Dorset in 1995 where she discovered felt-making, “Felt is the perfect medium for me, as a predominantly abstract artist, I can either let the medium control the design, or I can exercise as much control over the design as if I were almost painting with the fibres”.
She has developed a technique of mounting her work between acrylic which creates a floating impression. Light can interact with the ethereal, almost transparent pieces and the viewers eye is not constrained to the boundary of the frame.
Mary-Clare's work is featured on the BBC Bitesize website for young people studying GCSE textiles. Several of her other pieces have been featured in recent books; Textiles Now by Druscilla Cole (2008); Creative Recycling in Embroidery by Val Holmes (2006); 1000 Artisan Textiles by Sandra Salamony & Gina M Brown (2010). Her work is studied at school and university level worldwide and is influencing the work of a future generation of textile artists.
'Britain & The British’ Exhibition at the Olympic Sailing Events
‘All That Remains’ Solo Exhibition, Mojo Gallery, Dubai
Original Felted Wool & Silk between Acrylic
Dimensions: 45 x 100cm
Felted Wool and Silk between Acrylic
Dimensions: 51 x 70cm
Jack Falling Apart
Felted Wool and Silk Framed between Acrylic
Image size: 79 x 58cm