Claire Moynihan

From far away, a collection of Claire Moynihan’s sculptures may look less like art and more like something that belongs in an entomological museum, but that’s part of their appeal. Using a unique sculptural fiber technique that turns embroidery 3D, this UK-based artist creates jaw-dropping realistic insects out of  simple materials like thread and felt. These charming miniature sculptures, which often represent the insects in close-to-life size, have been seen in venues such as the Courtauld and the Royal Academy. This sewing genius currently lives and works in Hertfordshire.

Moynihan presents her insect sculptures both as single ‘bug balls’, or in groups where she mounts them in glass boxes and even  adds scientific labels for an extra realistic effect. In her artist statement, she says she finds humor in presenting her finely-worked realistic sculptures as scientific displays. She also hopes to raise the profile of insects often described and treated as ‘pests.’ By celebrating them in her artworks, she hopes to possibly change the general perception of these under-appreciated creatures.

The technique Moynihan uses is mainly unique to her own style of working, but it is loosely based on the 17th century technique of stumpwork, which was used to give textiles a puffed-up, sculptural effect. However, with Moynihan’s freestyle sensibility, she transforms stumpwork from an embellishing technique to a method for creating fully 3d sculptures in the round. Her working approach is truly unique, and she may even be among the craftiest of textile artists. You can find out more about her work, as well as see more close-ups of her incredibly life-like creations, at her website: http://www.clairemoynihan.co.uk/ . I highly recommend taking a peek, since it was truly difficult to pick just three images to feature!

Susan Campbell. Print Designer.

Central Saint Martins is known for churning out it’s one-of-a-kinds, geniuses and go-getters. Take a quick peek at the alumni and you find the likes of Luella Bartley, Peter Blake and M.I.A to name a few. Well, this little lady is no exception.

Meet Susan Campbell, a Textile Design graduate and print designing enthusiast. The Congleton-born, bob-flaunting individual quite frankly has the patience of a saint with her intricate, neoprene print design but boy, does it pay off.

Susan’s heroic creative process involves drawing her initial designs onto Adobe Illustrator as vector lines, then printing out these designs and deciphering where she will place her colours followed by breaking the design up into various pieces, again on Illustrator. After this, she laser cuts the designs onto coloured neoprene, leaving her with a thousand tiny jigsaw pieces. From here on she pieces those neoprene nuggets back together on a glue coated lycra base and voila! To see the agonising journey itself from drawing to dream, head over to her tumblr.

Currently working at Ted Baker taking on the role of Womenswear Print Assistant and spending her London days like any young print designer should; picnicking, partying and printing. I caught up with the Campbell herself and asked her the all important question of which One Direction member she would kidnap and keep..

 

One Direction then.. who would be the member of choice?

– Zayn, without a doubt.

So then, onto print I suppose. What tickles your fancy in the way of inspiration for your prints?

– I love going to exhibitions, looking at blogs and magazines and genuinely, just walking a lot gives me inspiration from the things I see along the way.

Who is the ‘Susan Campbell’ consumer you have in mind when designing your prints?

– Someone who is playful yet sophisticated. Someone that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

If you could pluck out a celeb of choice to be donning your designs, who would it be?

– Robyn. 

How would you describe your own personal style?

– Colourful and sporty with lots of leopard print.

Fashion icons?

Eva Fontanelli and The Queen. 

New York, Paris, London or Milan?

– London.

What do you love about where you live right now?

– Everything you could ever want is on Bethnal Green Road. Literally, anything from David Beckham pencil cases to giant bubble machines! I also love that you can never become bored because there is always something fun going on.

Share a charming anecdote (no pressure.)

– I broke my collarbone aged 10 whilst dressed as a prostitute. I had to go straight to hospital unchanged..

And what does the future hold for Miss Campbell?

– Good question! A lot of enjoyment hopefully. I’m also working to push my ideas and concepts in a way I’m really excited about.

You heard it here first ladies and gents! Want even more from Miss C? Well, isn’t that what good ol’ social media is all about? Have a peep at her wonderfully artistic Bethnal Green life via her instragram or maybe even pop over to her official website.

 

James Bruce Textile Designer

Over 6 ft 8 tall, size 15 feet and always happy. James – ‘the friendly giant’ (don’t worry he is a close friend of mine) is a recent textile design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art where he gained a 1st class degree last year. His degree collection ‘Holocene Extinction’ is a definite reflection of James’s character. It is a vibrant wardrobe commenting on the evolution of man and the destruction of natural habitats in clashing colours contrasting patterns with hand drawn intricate imagery. He juxtaposed harsh structural forms of factories and urban buildings with delicately drawn animals exploring their pattern, texture and skeletal forms.He devoted hours to not only screenprinting his collection but also producing digital prints alongside spending hours embellishing the prints with stitching and beading (albeit while watching a good film!) His fur embroidered sample is definitely one that has to be seen and it went down a storm at New Designers! His degree collection is a massive fresh take on menswear and was nominated for the David Band award at Graduate Fashion Week.

 As other screenprinters will know it can be hard, manual graft but James’s height and strength make it look like a breeze (annoyingly!) as he produces prints in minutes and carts screens around the printroom as if they are as light as a feather! With strong drawing skills and a experimental approach James find inspiration in the bizarrest things(!) from the TV screen when it has no signal to graffiti and geometric patterns found on the street. With past work experience at Timorous Beasties and at George at Asda, for which he was the runner up in their Graduate Fashion Week National Competition 2011 for his childrenswear collection (some of his designs went into production and were beautiful girls dresses!), he seems to be working in his way into the textile field with ease.

In the past year James has worked on his own range of hand screenprinted scarves and t-shirts while broadening his portfolio with some interior design. He is currently an Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art and is always there to help lend a hand or give his unique view.

Check out James’ creations on his tumblr http://jamesbruce786.tumblr.com/