Scottish-based textile designer, Clare O'Neill, who is originally from a small Cornish village just a stones throw away from Lands End, will be exhibiting her work as a Newcomer at this year's British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate.
Clare, winner of the Worshipful Company of Weavers Award at the Royal Society of Arts 2002 Student Design Awards, London and exhibitor at the New Designers Show in 2002, at the Business Design Centre, Islington, graduated in Textiles and Surface Pattern from Plymouth University back in 2002. But, like so many others, she ended up working in an industry so far removed from one's original career aspirations. Ten years on, Clare has found herself living on the East Coast of Scotland at RAF Leuchars in Fife and loving her regained passion for design, colour, texture and ultimately the world of textiles.
Clare is currently using Scotland's famous traditional Harris Tweed fabric in one of her unique collections, and applies machine embroidery and applique techniques to enhance the overall design and look of her products. Clare also uses vintage and novelty fabrics in her work and has an adorable range of contemporary children's clothes, as well as textile fashion and home accessories such as quirky shoppers and cute wall art.
All products are made solely by Clare herself, who spends endless hours designing products, discovering individual stitch techniques and fabric combinations, as well as searching for exquisite fabrics and sourcing top quality ancillary items to ensure that every product is impeccable, relevant, affordable and elegant.
Visit Clare at the BCTF, Harrogate from 7th - 9th April, 2013 on stand N69 in the Newcomers Gallery. For more information, log onto www.clareoneilltextiles.co.uk
Posted: 15 March 2019