Claire is passionate about making embroidery accessible to everyone by offering sponsorships to young designers and even running the London Embroidery School to teach beginners classes to those who are interested in getting a taste of what embroidery has to offer.
On 11th March 2016 a new exhibition opened in London’s Fashion and Textiles museum featuring various works by artist, Marian Clayden and we just had to go and check it out!
Clayden has produced various pieces from intricate jewelry to floor length hanging installation pieces all using various dying, resisting and discharge methods. Although the ‘do not touch’ signs are frequently seen, her works are very easy to view up close and it really adds to the exhibition being able to see the beautiful detail in her designs.
As well as hanging fabric, Clayden’s materials have been made up into garments, including a dress made from digital printed ink jet fabric 2003. Not only are finished garments displayed but also imagery of the behind the scenes processes!
Even though the majority of Clayden’s work is very fashion orientated in some of her earlier work have a visual focus as she concentrated a lot on how it was displayed. One of her works seen at the exhibition entitled ‘Ribbons’ was created using dyed, discharged, ripped and burnt silk hung from a wooden bar. The piece is always moving due to the weight of the fabric, so, along with the light, the colour tones are always changing.
Museum has tour guides informing you more about Marian Clayden’s work at regular times throughout the day but if you choose to look at the exhibition in your own time handouts are given for extra info!
The exhibition is open till 17th April 2016 so make sure you don’t miss out!
By Philippa Martin
Location: 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF
£9 adults / £7 concessions / £6 students / Children under 12 are free.
Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 11am–6pm
Thursdays until 8pm
Claire Barrett is an embroidery designer who has been working in the embroidery industry for six years. A former Creative Director at Hand & Lock, Claire runs Hawthorne & Heaney, dealing with celebrity clients such as Kanye West and high profile companies such as Henry Poole & Company Savile Row tailors. Claire is passionate about making embroidery accessible to everyone by offering sponsorships to young designers and even running the London Embroidery School to teach beginners classes to those who are interested in getting a taste of what embroidery has to offer.