Claire Coles does amazing things with thread. Working from her Bloomsbury studio at Cockpit Arts, she has developed a range of artisan wallpapers, and in 2005 she launched a range of embroidered ceramics and framed artworks.
She has, quite rightly, been featured in a whole heap of magazines, including Country Living, Vogue and Elle Decoration. I think her porcelain works are terrific, although I haven’t the foggiest on how she does them.
Her illustration work is also wonderful. The use of vintage textiles and modern subject matters leads to the creation of really impressive works. According to her site: “Claire graduated from Middlesex University in 2003 with a first class honors in Applied Arts. Her first commissions included a wallpaper display for Liberty of London and a book cover design for Penguin Publishing. Recent commissions include wallpaper designs for Ted Baker and Oasis, textile designs for Anthropologie and numerous wallpaper designs for private clients.”
Reassuringly though, she does some pieces that might be within the reach of us mere mortals, such as these charming brooches.
The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the contemporary embroidered art book curated by Jamie Chalmers. Featuring 30 textile-based artists from around the world, it’s a must have for needlework fans.