At a local craft fair recently, I met textile artist Charlotte Clowes. I was immediately taken by her unusual vibrant floral designs, which are so fresh and uplifting!
Today’s post features a selection of her pictures which she creates using a unique paper making technique, comprising of dyed cotton fibres built up in collage form, glued, and sculpted whilst wet. Charlotte’s pictures are hand-made, one off, original pieces but similar designs can be produced to order.
I love the colours she uses and the textural element, which makes them two dimensional.
Charlotte very kindly answered a few questions for me :
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I started doing this work 15 years ago. I have a studio in my house in East Dulwich in SE London.
Where do you get your floral inspiration for your designs?
The garden, parks, botanical gardens, books and exhibitions. I recently have been inspired by part of a Gauguin painting. It was a self portrait with a wallpaper pattern behind his head.
What are your plans for 2011?
I’m exhibiting as part of the Dulwich Artists’ Open House, 7th – 8th and 14th – 15th May. Plus I’ll be at The Pavilion Cafe Gallery in Dulwich Park for two weeks in August and The Dulwich Craft Fair in December.
Do you have a favourite flower?
The tulip is my signature flower. I love nasturtiums, blossom, anemones, sunflowers, camellia and daisies.
As well as these stunning pictures, Charlotte also sells prints, cards and bags – all of which are available to purchase from her website. Plus she welcomes commissions, thereby allowing you to choose the colours, subject and size to suit your home.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Charlotte’s beautiful designs…they certainly brightened up my day!
(Images : Charlotte Clowes)