Claire is a Textile Artist & Surface Pattern Designer, specialising in CAD and digital print to create exuberant interior spaces.
Claire was awarded an MA in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art, where her theoretical research involved exploring naturally occurring rhythm in growth patterns. She is driven by what intrigues the eye aesthetically, and is inquisitive about whether visual harmony is a question of taste or an inherent reflex; challenging ideas of beauty.
Claire originally specialised as a weaver during her BA degree in Textile Design at the Scottish School of Textiles (Heriot Watt University). It was her fascination with the structural elements of woven fabric that has led her to her current research and discipline of Surface Pattern Design.
To explore ideas of order and chaos, fractured imagery, and non repeating pattern, Claire has developed an "exhaust - designing" methodology, utilising the kaleidoscope, to create infinite pattern possibilities. Claire is particularly interested in the accidental visual outcomes that occur through the kaleidoscope, including the hidden imagery and messages within it, creating optical effects.
Following her MA, Claire spent six months working as a Design Consultant in Northern Thailand, as part of an Arts Project for The British Council in Thailand. Alongside a fellow Chelsea College of Art graduate, Claire delivered Audio/Visual presentations on Trend & Colour forecasting, collaboratively designed woven & printed textiles for Thai Textile Manufacturers, and was invited to write an article on Ethical & Environmental Design for Harpers Bazaar Thailand. Claire's existing work now reflects her fascination with Thai pop and ethnic cultures.
Claire is currently setting up her own Bespoke Textiles & Surface Pattern Design Business for domestic and top - end commercial interior spaces, where conceptual design meets art installation. This will include a themed range of products and designs to choose from, and a commission - based service.
Claire's style is fun and funky, and she loves to use daring colour palettes to add a touch of flamboyance to any space. She is dedicated to producing sustainable designs that retain a personal touch, including ‘One Wall Wonder’ wallpapers, exuberant carpet & rug designs, whimsical canvas prints, and quirky interior accessories.
Date of Birth: 27.04.82
Commissions: 2007 - Private commission for Bespoke Rug for a Wedding gift;
2007 - Selection of work for On the Cusp’, at the Washington Gallery in Penarth;
2007 - Selection of work for ‘Sweet Dreams’ at Walford Mills in Dorset;
2005 - Window Installation at Tullo Marshall Warren's London Office, Kings Road.
Education: 2005 - Chelsea College of Art; MA Textiles;
2000-2004 - Heriot-Watt University; BA HONS Textile Design.
Group Exhibitions: 2007 - 'An Introductory Glimpse at the Empire Gallery', Bethnal Green;
2007 - 'Print, Tuft & Fold' at 'Tent London', The Truman Brewery;
2007 - 'On The Cusp', The Washington Gallery, Penarth;
2007 - 'Sweet Dreams', Walford Mills, Dorset;
2006 - 'International Concepts' Art Exhibition, JJ Market, Chiang Mai, Thailand;
2005 - MA Textiles Professional Showcase, Chelsea College of Art, London;
2005 - 'This is not a fashion show', Conceptual Catwalk Show @The Style Academy UK;
2004 - New Designers, Business Design Centre, London.
Solo Exhibitions: 2007 - 'Made In Clerkenwell: Winter', London;
2007 - Launch Pad @Pulse, Earls Court, London;
2007 - 'Made In Clerkenwell: Summer', London;
2007 - British Crafts, Chiswick;
2006 - 'Made In Clerkenwell - Winter', London;
2006 - 'N.A.M.E. (New Artists & Makers Emporium'), Warwickshire;
2006 - 'Art Below', Underground Art Campaign, Kings Cross St Pancreas station;
2006 - Private Window Installation, Tullo Marshall Warren, Kings Rd, London.
Travel: Nationally, No Internationally, No
Press Quotes: ICON Magazine, Issue 053:
Products Editorial: 'Print, Tuft & Fold':
'Print, Tuft & Fold is the company of textile designers Claire J Alderdice, Zoe Beck & Kim Bassett, who come together throughout the year to exhibit their work as a collaborative event.
Enabling people to see just how diverse textiles can be all three create interior products but with a different approach, from prints and rugs to ineractive origami interior accessories'.
ICON Magazine, Issue 051:
Products Editorial: 'Claire J Alderdice':
Claire J Alderdice is a Textile Artist & Surface Pattern Designer, offering a bespoke service, and specialising in CAD and digital print to create interactive interior spaces.
Her style is fun and funky, and she loves to use daring colour palettes to add a touch of flamboyance to any space.
She is dedicated to producing sustainable designs that retain a personal touch, including One Wall Wonder Wallpapers, Eye Smacking Bespoke Rugs, Whimsical Prints for contemporary domestic and commercial interiors, and Public Art.
Following Six months as a Design Consultant in Northern Thailand, as part of an Arts Project for The British Council, her work reflects her fascination with Thai pop and ethnic cultures.
The Evening Standard Homes & Properties, Jan 10th 2007:
'DESIGNERS WITH THE X FACTOR' By Barbara Chandler:
"...The most exuburant eye smackers exude from Greenwich-based Claire Alderdice, who splashes Kaleidoscopic designs over anything; chairs, vacuum cleaners, even Tube trains. More accessible are her , papers, fabrics, and printed canvases..."
Each rug/carpet is designed individually so that any size can be ordered, as all the rhythmical morphing patterns are non – repeating, creating a sense of infinity.
The vibrant colours available are also limitless. The client may choose from a range of design templates from Claire J Alderdice bespoke collection, incorporating colours, textures, & sculptural effects to suit requirements.
The fluid organic & geometric forms incorporate 3D structural, ridge-like textural effects, asking to be touched, and teasing the eye to explore the morphing patterns. The results are both sophisticated and quirky, boasting superb quality.
By utilizing my unique method of digital surface pattern design, the look & function of carpets is embellished with a new exuberant twist. 3 Dimensional textural and optical effects are created using a mix of cut pile and loop pile effects. In terms of ongoing technical and manufacturing innovation, such as yarn spinning, the more this process develops, the more possibilities there are. The process is freehand, and the stitch length of the needle can be adjusted to various lengths, so any possibility of pile height can be achieved. It is a very flexible design process as the pattern draw straight on to canvas, and therefore not wasteful of preparation time.
Available in 100% New Zealand Wool or with Silk/Viscose/Lurex mixes for added luster.
The product demonstrates a marriage of contemporary digital design with a traditional craft; where function meets art installation. A juxtaposition of techniques unites together exuberant morphing colours and shapes, allowing them to be a 3 dimensional sensory experience, as well as visually stimulating. They belong in a contemporary and eclectic interior, where products inject a spark of fun & play within its space. It is a passion of mine to create unique, quirky products that are valued as artwork, yet remain entirely functional, changing the face of flooring design and challenging the idea of what carpet can be.
Please contact Claire directly for further details.
Price is by the square metre. If rug is an irregular shape or size, work to the longest and widest point. Wholesale prices begin at £225.00 + vat per sq m, and £300.00 + vat per sq m for retail, each including a sample; (with an additional fee for artwork). This also includes delivery to London. Outside of London there may be charges and will be confirmed due to size and weight of roll.
Claire’s quirky gallery - wrapped canvas prints can be made to commission in a variety of sizes, up to 841mm x 1189mm; ideal for adding a splash of flamboyant colour to any interior space. Wholesale prices start from £40 for truly unique piece.
One Wall Wonder Wallpapers:
Utilising digital technology, and a wealth of ‘rhythmical pattern’ templates to choose from, Claire can create a completely bespoke piece of work for your interiors, with an infinite colour palette and 3D effects for that extra optical wow - factor: all to fit your specific dimensions.
Claire’s Bespoke Wallpapers are digitally printed onto wipe-clean smooth finish vinyl or linen - effect paper. Prices are worked out according to paper type and wall dimensions, including bespoke artwork fee. Minimum order is 1m sq, starting from £75.
Bespoke Woven Axminster Rugs, from £230;
Bespoke Hand Tufted Rugs, from £360;
Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints, from £25;
'One Wall Wonder' Wallpapers, from £75 per square metre.
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