Maker's Details - Armitage, Claire

Exquisite accessories adorned with intricate textile prints inspired by my sketchbook drawings and illustrations.

Category: Textiles
Website: www.clairearmitagedesign.co.uk
Email: clairearmitagedesign@yahoo.com
My design philosophy is to create exquisite accessories to cherish. Each piece is adorned with intricate textile prints inspired by my sketchbook drawings and illustrations.  The prints are rich in lyrical narrative, blending floral, avian and nautical imagery with literary references to poetry and fairytales. There is a story behind each of my collections of luxurious silk scarves, purses and brooches.  For example the Cloud Bloom collection was inspired by my time spent drawing in Trewidden Gardens, Cornwall, where my studio is located.  The designs capture a sense of time and place, evoking hazy glimpses of cloud through verdant flora and fauna, the sound of birdsong over a waterlily pool; layering floral imagery with British garden birds and illustrations of nearby Mousehole harbour.
 
The Moon Tree collection features illustrations of swallows, owls, passionflowers, houses and woodland.  Much of the narrative behind the imagery was inspired by folk stories and fairytales including an anonymous writer who hypothesized in 1703 that swallows fly to the moon to hibernate.  An illustration of the moon can be found in each design and I have long been fascinated by the metaphorical power of forests and woodland in fairytales.
 
I work from my studio in Trewidden Gardens, Cornwall, where the gardens and coastline inspire many of my drawings and designs. I have also worked as a freelance costume designer for nearly a decade; I am a lecturer at Falmouth University, and hold a BA in Textiles from Goldsmiths and an MA in Textile design. In 2013 I was delighted to win the British Craft Trade Fair award for Excellence.
 

brooches 2
cloud lily silk wrap
rose red clutch bag
sky ink medium scarf

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