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£175
'Blue Brollys'
 
£450
'Brick Lane Wallpaper'
 
£450
'Carpark Wallpaper'
 
£175
'Disco Buds'
 
£475
'Dressed Up Jug'
 
£450
'Graffiti Wallpaper'
 
£175
'Laquer Up'
 
£175
''Laquered Umbrellas'
 
£475
'Lovely Jugs'
 
£450
'Making a Big Entrance'
 
£450
'Morphing Wall'
 
£175
'Pleated Patterns'
 
£175
'Pretty/Disturbing'
 
£175
'Retro Thai'
 
£175
'Same, same, but different'
 
£175
'Tropical Pink'
 
£450
'Tube of Infinity'
 
£1125
'Chaotic Carpet'
 
£700
'Harmonic Hoover'
 
£1125
'Very Thai' Rug
 
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Claire Alderdice Applied Art
Northern Irish born Claire is a Surface Pattern Designer who is passionate about travel, discovering new cultures, and most of all, pattern! Having gained the opportunity to spend an amazing and colourful six months as a Design Consultant in Northern Thailand, for The British Council, Claire has based her current collection, 'Very Thai' on the colourful chaos that thrives in the bustling markets of Chiang Mai. 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'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 interactive wallpaper, carpet & rug designs, canvas prints, and digital movie projections for domestic & commercial textiles.
 
Education:
Claire received a BA with HONOURS from Heritot Watt University (former Scottish School of Textiles) in 2004, specialising in woven textiles. To complement her background in industrial & scientific textiles, Claire went on to successfully complete a Masters in Textile Design from Chelsea College of Art, in 2005. It was here that she developed her love of conceptual design and digitally produced work.
 
Selected Commissions/collections:
Window Installation at Tullo Marshall Warren, Kings Rd. London, January - March 2006.
 
Single Exhibitions:
New Designers 2004, Business Design Centre, London
'This is not a Fashion Show': The Style Academy, Aug 2005
New Artists & Makers Emporium (N.A.M.E.) Oct 2006, Warwickshire
Clerkenwell Green Association: Winter Open Studios, Dec 2006
 
Group Exhibitions:
Conceptual Catwalk Show: 'This is not a Fashion Show': The Style Academy, London, Aug 2005
 
Artist's Statement:
Harmonic Disorder: Rhythm & Beauty…“A mere reoccurrence kills rhythm…a crystal lacks rhythm from excessive pattern, while fog is unrhythmic in that it exhibits a patternless confusion of detail”, Whitehead (2004)Claire’s research involves exploring naturally occurring rhythmical pattern in nature and geometry. She started by examining numerical sequences and growth patterns, such as the Fibonacci series, and this has now expanded to include ideas of order and chaos. Claire is particularly 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. The examination of fractal imagery, its unpredictability, and the infinite possibilities of what beauty can be are key to Claire’s work. To explore this idea of fractured imagery and non repeating pattern she has developed an “exhaust – designing” methodology, juxtaposing symmetry with rhythmic movement that see patterns morph infinitely. Claire is particularly interested in the accidental visual outcomes that occur through this process and the hidden imagery within it, creating playful optical effects.Thai Pop:“Pop is always a copy: … ...It’s different from ‘folk’, which is rural, traditional, & communal and a lot more innocent… … It’s different from ethnic, which is also all the above but comes from minority groups. …(However), Folk and ethnic often become pop”. Gilda Cordero-Fernando, ‘Very Thai’ Claire derives her colourful inspirations & themes from her travels. The current collection is inspired by her most recent trip working as a Design Consultant in Northern Thailand, where she was fascinated with the juxtaposition of Thai pop & ethnic cultures, & how they inextricably morph into one another. The ‘Thai Pop’ collection is reminiscent of a stroll through the hot, bustling Textile Markets in Chiang Mai, observing how the colours & characters change from stall to stall: “Same same, but different”!
 
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