Claire Passmore is a British artist working in the medium of stitched textiles. Her work is exhibited internationally.
Starting with flat cloth she creases, pleats and distorts it to create dimensional shapes which she stitches into complex networks.
Claire is happiest when working on open ended tasks, discovering new possibilities and learning to better understand what might be.
Claire also creates art quilts which are heavily influenced by matters of social conscience. These are often emotive or unsettling and are intended to provoke a strong reaction. In all her work Claire aims to give viewers questions to ponder, beyond the aesthetic.
The manipulation of layered geometric forms has recently become the main focus of my work. I use creases and pleats to fold and distort fabric to create 3 dimensional structures and sculptures. Exploring intuitively I stack, layer and mark fabric then join with stitch to create complex networks
I still occasionally make art quilts, the subject of which are most often influenced by matters of social conscience and have emotive or unsettling themes. They hold messages which are intended to provoke a strong reaction.
I am not a person that naturally rests. My mind is always active, buzzing with ideas which I try to capture before they fly away. I keep many notepads, covered with scribbled notes and sketches as reminders of potential ideas along with other collected ephemera. I use the walls of my studio much like the pages in a huge sketchbook or journal. They often look chaotic, but to me they are the place my thoughts can evolve and begin to be transformed into reality.
My process is intuitive, led by ideas rather than a vision of a finished piece. By working on open ended tasks I explore how the textiles can be manipulated and transformed into sculptured forms or textile wall art. I like to surprise the viewer and challenge them to question what they see, whether it be the subject of the piece or he fact that textiles have been used in unusual ways.