Claire Benn Profile..
Claire has been focused on art full-time for the last 17 years; both making and teaching. She works with heavy cotton, linen or hemp, often combining earth pigments (through mono printing, painting or scraping) and stitch to produce reductive, abstract pieces. She also engages with ‘slow stitch’, enjoying the meditative process and the simplicity of works produced entirely through hand stitch. Her inspirations are simple: empty and desolate landscapes, sitting and absorbing. A limited palette, line, texture, the small details. She wants the viewer to have a slow, meditative experience … and feel the restfulness that can come with that.
Conversation with the Makers (CWTM)
Did you always envision a life as an artist?
Claire Benn(CB) No, whilst I was encouraged to engage with art from a young age (my father painted), I was too keen to become (financially) independent and leave home, which being an artist wasn’t going to provide!