A Transformation at Timber Wharf, Manchester

These images reveal the full extent of the transformation of the office site for Clear Law. Our design concept was finalised, the rip out began and the spatial adjustments made before all the beautiful surface treatments were applied and the whole place received an injection of colour inside and outside. Back to the main project images to make the comparison between old and new.

Inspired by Japan

Written by Claire: The memories of my trip to Tokyo have infused the past year as I've worked intermittently on a new print series.  I've remained botanically inspired, using original plant matter and driven by a desire to capture the spirit of the Eastern experience: the attention to detail and consideration of space, explosions of neon colour interlaced with delicate, translucent layers and above all a peaceful, contemplative mood that pervaded all aspects of the trip.  I loved the contrast between chaotic complexity and ordered refinement, elements that I strive to interpret within my imagery.  

Patterned Installation

Written by Claire: Charting the progress of my recent commission in Didsbury, Manchester: from sample colours to drafted patterns and then after a few months of developing two bespoke elements for a new residential project by McNulty Architects I finally travelled up to carry out the installation.  The acid green glass panel etched with my large-scale leaf pattern was inserted between the modern white kitchen units and a complementary 4 metre tall printed canvas hung in the double height wall recess. The largest canvas I have ever stretched! Great friends and local trades contributed their time and skills to ensure the end result was perfect. See more pictures here...

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Sissinghurst Flora

Capturing a Spring visit to the gardens created by Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent.  Inspirational colours, textures and forms seemed to suggest ideas for further botanical collages.  But this time perhaps a more painterly approach: splashes of colour and ragged edged shapes contrast with tightly wound flower-heads held above tall, singular stems.

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Essence

Written by Claire: With Spring in the air I'm sensing the beginnings of new work created in the spirit of my journey to Japan.  I was inspired by so much: colour + texture, the juxtaposition of the traditional + the super modern, the attention to detail and aesthetics.  Drawing together these references I begin to see patterns literally and conceptually, building ideas for new prints.  There are so many starting points to explore, here's just a few with a little snippet of a new idea...

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Traditions

Claire's Travels: On a bright Saturday morning a wedding procession moved silently across a courtyard of the Meiji-jingu shrine and I felt transported to the past.  The red paper parasol hovering over the bride was mesmerising in contrast to the green tinged copper roof.  Shinto and Buddhist prayers are written and hung within the grounds of temples and shrines.  Koi carp swim above the underwater coins.

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Neon Tokyo

Written by Claire: Back to Brighton and reviewing the imagery collected from such a fantastic trip to Tokyo city.  We stayed in the heart of Ginza amidst the skyscrapers:  an explosion of neon lights at ground level and stretching into the sky.  Night time views across Tokyo Bay and downwards to the network of streets sprawling below.  Illuminated signs and light boxes ranged from designer branding to artist constructions.

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Japan

Claire's Travels: I'm really looking forward to my trip to Japan in just a couple of weeks time.  It's our very first visit and whilst Spring would be my ideal season to go (to see the cherry blossom of course being a big fan of all things botanical) Winter will do just fine.  So we are leaving English soil and the usual festivities to see how Tokyo fares.  I'm hoping for bright skies and mild temperatures and as we are only there for six days we have no real agenda other than to take in the sights and soak up the atmosphere (although a trip to Kyoto on the bullet train is on the cards if we can squeeze it in).

I have no pre-conceptions and I'm looking forward to drawing inspiration from another culture both in historical and contemporary terms. Any design or craft aspects will be more than welcome!

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