Claire Thorpe

Portrait by Violaine Verry

About

Claire graduated from the Royal College of Art in Printed Textiles in 2009 and shortly afterwards worked with Kate Sheridan, before deciding to set up her own business.

Claire’s designs are often inspired by Needlepoint and Domestic Crafts, in particular the fine detail of their design, which she captures within her own drawings, turning them into imaginary worlds with the use of digital media.

“For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with patterns. For me it’s an endless journey; hand-drawn designs mixed with graphic interpretations of textiles develop into a slight trick-of-the-eye. They are a joy to create.”

For the last 2 years Claire has been designing whilst travelling around India sourcing the best fabric for her designs, as well as immersing herself in the wonderful Indian culture and taking up the study of yoga.

The collection ‘Digital Lace’ takes inspiration from the Elizabethan Lace Samplers at the Embroiders’ Guild Archives. Breathing new life into this delicate needlecraft, Claire has created hand-drawn motifs and transformed them into imaginary colourful gardens.

The fabric used in this collection is made to order from Amritsar, India. It’s a cashmere/modal mix. Modal is fluid like water, it prints with brilliant clarity and holds colours in their brightest form, whereas cashmere is warm and enhances the quality of the fabric.

Claire prints the scarves digitally, which allows for more freedom in the design and ensures minimum dye wastage in the process. Ultimately it is a better way forward for the environment.