Claire Walsh Cooper
Working with a wide variety of previously used materials such as clothing, sweet wrappers and food packaging, I create pieces that explore environmental themes, from rainforest destruction, to consumerism and the impact of a throwaway society. The seed of an idea is germinated from my response to an image I have seen or a message I want to communicate and through experimenting with materials and techniques, a piece evolves. I rarely create pieces from a detailed sketch, preferring to produce small stitched samples from which the piece can build in a free flowing way, allowing for happy accidents and a piece that can go in a new direction.
The basis for my work will be the discovery of a rainforest on the top of Mount Lico in Mozambique. I envisage using a combination of stitch, weaving and free form crochet with 3D elements, using natural and man-made materials.
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