Artist Information for Claire Passmore

I make art quilts for sheer pleasure; from the moment I have the first idea to putting the last stitch in place I enjoy every step of the journey. Much of the work I make is rooted in social commentary – things about which I have very strong emotions and feelings. I am also curious. I like to explore and experiment with shapes and structures, with no fixed end in mind, just to discover what might be.

My mind buzzes with ideas and thoughts which I try to formalise with samples, scribbled notes, sketches of potential ideas and other collected ephemera. I use the walls of my studio much like the pages in a huge sketchbook or journal. To some they look chaotic, but to me they are the place my thoughts evolve and begin to be transformed into reality. 

To create my work I almost always start by hand dying or altering fabric. I enjoy the processes of cutting, stitching, and layering fabric, ink, paint, thread and any other interesting materials, allowing the work to evolve and story to unfold.

I am a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the international groups ‘Twelve by the Dozen’ and ‘Six Dames’ and the Contemporary Quilt Group of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. My work is currently exhibited in several exhibitions across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. I also enjoy sharing what I have learned, and teach Guilds and groups here in the UK and internationally. In 2015 I wrote my first book, 'Quilting Originals', which aims to help art quilters develop strategies to design and make their own original work.

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Freedom II

Freedom II16" x 16"  

Inspired by the tapestries of Jean Lurcat. I constantly question why humankind has created so many artificial boundaries in our world - we seem obsessed with division and keeping things separate. I dream of a world without boundaries where everyone is as free a wild bird. 



Points of View 2

Points of View 2Height: 15” Width: 47” Depth: 33”  

An exploration of how folding fabric into pyramidal structures creates new forms which collapse and pleat upon each other in interesting ways, revealing new forms.  Joining many pyramids together forms a lattice structure that can be manipulated like a puppet on a string. Walking around the suspended lattice, looking from above and below gives new perspectives to observe and new shapes to interpret. 



Connectivity II

Connectivity II16" x 16"  

An exploration into the abstraction of the half-square triangles often used in traditional patchwork quilts. Folding and joining these triangles in different ways allows unexpected forms evolve. Connectivity is the key; stitching networks allows new shapes to emerge and provides new ideas to explore. 



Conectivity III

Conectivity III16" x 16"  

An exploration into the abstraction of the half-square triangles often used in traditional patchwork quilts. Folding and joining these triangles in different ways allows unexpected forms evolve. Connectivity is the key; stitching networks allows new shapes to emerge and provides new ideas to explore. 



Ojiisan

Ojiisan12" x 12"  

Showing respect for our elders, their fortitude, wisdom, knowledge and grace is a reflection of our own self worth. This stitched lino cut print was inspired by the actions of a young boy I saw attending so gently to his frail grandfather.