Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Meet the Maker - Claire Hurd

Tell us a little bit about yourself...
Hi, I'm Claire and I have been working as a Textile Designer since graduating from University in 2001. I am currently working freelance and running my own Textile Design business based in Hampshire. I create unique handmade embroidered textile artworks, illustrations and accessories for high street retailers and my own online stores.

Have you always been crafty, or is it something that you've picked up more recently?
I have always been crafty, busy making things and altering and adding to shop bought clothes and textiles. I was awarded two RSA bursary prizes in 2000 which really kick-started my career working with high street retailers. In the last year, with much encouragement from friends, I have also set up my own website and online stores selling the embroidered textile goodies that I had been creating as presents for them.

Have you been particularly influenced by any other artists?
I have a keen interest in embroidered illustration and love the work of Belinda Downes and Clare Beaton. I also admire the delicate work of Caroline Zoob. With over 8 years of experience in designing for the interior textiles market I also have many designers I admire in that field such as Tricia Guild, Orla Kiely and Cath Kidston.

What is your favourite piece?
My favourite pieces are my framed embroidered artworks - in particular my Boating Artwork. The small scale motifs take a lot of care and attention to make so I can lose myself in a textiley world as I create them. The design also makes me think of my many lovely childhood holidays spent on the Dorset coast - very special times.

Are there any specific pieces you fancy that will be at Handm@de Cambridge?
I look forward to seeing what beautiful papers Gemma with a G has found recently and being able to see her cut-out butterfly cards first hand.

You can follow what Claire is working on via her site: http://www.clairehurd.co.uk/

1 comment:

Claire Hurd Design said...

Thanks for featuring me on your site. If anyone wants to take a look at my work then they can visit my Folksy Shop or my NOTHS Shop. You can also keep up to date with my latest work on my Blog. Claire x