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.
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!