British Craft Pavilion

I'm delighted to announce I am exhibiting at the British Craft Pavilion over the London Design Festival. The Pavilion features over 40 selected makers, across the full spectrum of craft disciplines and specialisms, curated by Hole & Corner magazine.

I will be showcasing a collection of gold leaf appliqué artworks including my new 'Golden Paradise' artwork featured below.  Alongside this I will be launching a new suede affect embellished wall covering.

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Within the pavilion there are installations, talks and a cafe to re-fuel you on the design festival circuit. 
Please come along and say hello and check out my new creations! I have some complimentary passes available, so please email me if you would like one. You can also register for free trade tickets click here.

Claire Coles - Stand 14
Ground Floor, Old Truman Brewery,
Hanbury St, London, E1 4QR

Thurs 21 - Fri 22 Sep / 10am - 7pm (trade only)
Sat 23 - Sun 24 Sept  / 11am - 6pm

London Craft Week

As part of the London Craft Week I am presenting a talk with writer Charlotte Abrahams, at the home of one of my clients in Holland Park on Thursday 4th May from 12pm.

This event demystifies the commissioning process of commissioning your own bespoke wallpaper. Revealing what can be achieved when client and maker collaborate. 

This is a very exclusive event, and a rare opportunity to view one of my wallpaper designs in situ.  To find out more and to book a place visit London Craft Week  - be quick as spaces are limited!

Gallery Handwerk

This 'Lemur' wallpaper and my one off 'Tape and Stitch' design are on show at Galerie Handwerk  in Munich, Germany.
The exhibition "Tapeten" showcases some amazing handmade wallpapers from across the world. Including some of my favourite designers such as Fromental, Louise Body and Deborah Bowness.

The show runs from 26th April - 3rd June 2017

Paint and Stitch

I have recently produced a collection of illustrations for Wild and Gorgeous. The motifs are inspired by their SS17 collection. Juicy fruit, Circus and Pirate illustration are constructed from machine embroidery with watercolour and touches of glitter.

I have been interviewed on their blog which you can read here

 

Homes & Antiques

My luxurious Peacock artwork designed exclusively for interior designer  Rachel Bates has been featured in Homes & Antiques December magazine. Styled vibrantly in her home with eclectic mix of furniture and a bold use of colour.

The piece is constructed from layers of silk, leather and papers embroidered onto a gold leaf backdrop. 

Video of Artworks

Earlier this year interior designer Rachel Bates launched her interiors online boutique. She has commissioned a range of artisans and luxury brands to produce exclusive collections.

I have created two luxurious framed wall panels for the collection; 'The Peacock' and 'The Stag'. Click on the image below to view a video of the panels, highlighting the texture and detail of the pieces.

Country & Townhouse

I have been listed as one of the 'Six Names to Know' in wallpaper design by Country and Town House Magazine in their October issue.

The feature 'Wall Stories' written by journalist Emma Love highlights the uniqueness of my wallpapers. It is wonderful to be listed alongside some great wallpaper designers.

"Hand-cut leather cascades from screen printed branches and neon pink washi tape as the playful outline of vessels.......About as far away from traditional wallpaper as you can get".

I Love Gorgeous

I have been working with the luxury childrens wear brand I love Gorgeous for the last few years. I have designied embroidered illustrations for there website and blog. Here is the current summer collection, which features a sealife theme of shells, sea horses and coral.

I combined freehand machine embroidery with washes of watercolour and sprinkles of glitter.

Cockpit Arts Open Studio

I'll be showcasing a new range of embroidered artworks, including my range ‘Tape and Stitch’ at the renowned Cockpit Arts summer open studio. Entry is free and it's a brilliant opportunity to meet talented designer makers in their work environment.

I'll be on the second floor in Studio E2I, so please pop along and say hello!

Dates and Times
Thurs 2nd June,  6 pm — 9 pm
Fri 3rd — Sun 5th June, 11am — 6pm
Cockpit Arts, Northington St, London WC1N 2NP

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The Telegraph

I was delighted to be featured in the The Telegraph this May.  My Laburnum bespoke wallpaper was featured in the article ‘Meet the Design stars of Craft Week’.

Journalist Talib Choudhry selected some of the best designers exhibiting over London Craft Week. I had a selection of work on show at the Geffrye museum as part of ‘Craft of Wallpaper’ exhibition curated by Charlotte Abrahams.

Magical Woodland

I have just completed this intricate private commission for a young girls bedroom. Using a backdrop of silver leaf I have then collaged layers of papers, leathers and felts to create the scene, touches of sequins and jewels add some sparkle.

The Times — Art Review

My Crane and Lotus flower artwork has been featured in The Times — Art To Buy feature this week. Journalist Nancy Durrant has selected her top picks for Christmas Art purchases, I am delighted to be featured alongside some wonderful artworks.

Advent Calender

This is a recent commission for the children’s wear brand I Love Gorgeous. I was asked to create an advent scene for there website.  It was lovely to try out a new technique, I used a combination of watercolour, stitch and collage to create the piece.

W is for Wallpaper — Ruthin Craft Centre

For this exhibition I created a design for what would be a dream setting and client.

In the 1930’s Stephen and Virginia Courtauld moved into Eltham Palace and renovated the property.

They commissioned the finest artists and craftsmen to transform the palace. Known for their eccentric ways, they had a pet ring tailed Lemur called Mah-Jongg, he would join the Courtaulds on their travels and he even had his own room in the palace. His likeness is incorporated into artistic details around the property, which remains an enduring influence in the palace to this day.

My design is based on this inspiring couples fondness for Mah-Jongg and the decoration of Eltham Palace. Branches are screen printed onto a luxurious silk backdrop. It is adorned with fruit, foliage, birds and a charming Lemur, creating a fantasy garden scene.

Rachel Bates

I have just completed this extravagant Peacock for interior designer Rachel Bates. Its an exclusive design for her new luxury online store.

Layers of silks leather ans paper are hand cut and appliquéd onto a gold leaf backdrop, this has to be the most intricate piece I have made so far.

Goodbye GWS

Its time to move on from my GWS Studio, I love this shot of me and my space taken by Ruth Ward. I have had several great years at this studio, and will miss the environment and my studio buddies dearly. But its time to move on and I am moving into an exciting new studio Queensrolla House which has recently been developed in North London.

Decorex 2014

Here Are some photos of my stand at Decoex this year, launching my Laburnum wall covering and Crane artwork. It was a great show and thank you to all my lovely helpers, I love how Emma always matches the stand design!

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Private Commission — Norfolk Woods Panel

I have been working on some lovely interior projects over the last few months and this private commission has to be one of my favourites.

This is the largest panel I have made to date, measuring 2.5 x 2 m. It’s now on route to France for a very special client. Pickle the studio dog is in shot to give you an idea of scale, actually she just wanted to be in the picture!