Textile Flora

Functional and decorative textiles about landscape by Claire Crompton


Artist Statement

A found textile has many stories written in the marks of wear, use and alteration, written by its makers and wearers. Each person in a textile’s life leaves a hand print and their energy is held by the fibres. The textile becomes a container, one that is emptied when it is discarded. I interrupt the textile’s path from use to disuse and retain this energy and narrative.

My current work:

Textile Flora, repurposing threads and fabrics to create forms inspired by nature, exploring the processes, time and energy needed to transform materials from their redundant state.

Textile-ware, reinterpreting fabrics and threads into ceramic shapes, making small domestic pieces that will contain the story. I use traditional stitching techniques together with ceramic construction methods. Sometimes I include found objects, using textiles to divert them from their original purpose. By reinterpreting the textile into ceramic shapes I ask the viewer to look at the materials that clothe us with a fresh eye.

The basis of all my work is the desire to retain, re-use and revalue materials that have reached the end of one life-cycle, to create a new story for them and give them another path to travel.


Knitted Textile Maker and Needlecraft Designer
-self publish a range of hand knitting and crochet patterns
-author and tutor
-pattern writer and technical editor
-set up and run a collaborative knitting project Give Fleece A Chance (http://givefleeceachance.com)
-set up and maintain an online Wool Directory connecting British wool producers to wool users (www.wooldirectory.org.uk)


MA in Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice
BA (Hons) Knitwear Design

Group Exhibitions
2014   Deck the Halls, The Byre Gallery, Millbrook (http://thebyregallery.co.uk)
2014   Everything in the Garden is Lovely, The Byre Gallery, Millbrook (http://thebyregallery.co.uk)
2013   Making Futures: Lifecycles of Material Worlds, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (http://makingfutures.plymouthart.ac.uk)
2012   Mapping the Future: Where are you now?, Taunton Brewhouse (http://mappingthefuturewhereareyou.wordpress.com)
2011   Fleece First, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey (http://www.crafts.org.uk)
2011   MAstars, Plymouth College of Art (http://www.plymouthart.ac.uk)
2010   Off the Beaten Track, Devonport Guildhall, Plymouth


To contact me about my work: claire(at)clairecrompton.co.uk

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