Claire Brooker is a designer whose work encompasses drawing, photography, digital collage, printmaking and interior styling.
She grew up in Sussex and discovered early in her childhood that she enjoyed making pictures. The first public shows of her work in coloured chalk took place each weekend on the blackboard at her grandparents' pub in the village of Firle.
Later Claire undertook a Foundation course at Brighton College of Art and then a degree in Constructed Textile Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. It was there that she developed a fascination for intricate details, rhythmic patterns and the nuances of colour as she perfected dye recipes, experimented with scale, edited and refined design solutions. This was the ideal grounding for her future professional experiences that, combined with her spatial and compositional skills, flourished in the fields of visual merchandising and interior styling. Over twenty years she has worked around the UK for Karen Millen, Press & Bastyan, Ferrious and The Lollipop Shoppe. She is also a trained teaching professional having written and delivered college and university design projects and programmes.
Claire's work styling interiors is complemented by her explorations in the realms of image making. Her experimental processes combine traditional methods and digital technology and her influences are wide ranging. Her work has generated interest through its exacting and detailed nature: it has been described as meditative, colourful, intriguing, delicate, spatial and subtle. Recent work has been inspired by her travels in the Far East, most notably Japan, where she was drawn to the patterns and colours of kimonos and refracted neon lights. These influences, combined with the botanical specimens that she meticulously gathers and documents, have resulted in a collection of exquisitely intricate works in print.
New commissions are in development as she expands her design collections and applications.
Living and working in the seaside town of Brighton, Claire has also established a studio called C H A L K S P A C E delivering bespoke design projects that include private and public commissions.
~ Portrait by Lena Goodison ~