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I am an experienced textile artist, curator, author and qualified teacher, based on the south coast of East Sussex, England. I share my passion, knowledge and experience for textiles through exhibiting, curating, working to commission, teaching, giving talks and demonstrations, consultation and publishing.
I have an MA Visual Arts (Tapestry and Textile Arts) from West Dean College, Chichester. I also have the MA(Ed) Language, The Arts and Education from University of Sussex, in which the focus was on facilitating a cross-curricular approach to creative learning. I have studied Beauty Therapy at the London College of Fashion and for a degree in Fashion and Textiles in Bath.

I sell and exhibit my textiles nationally and internationally and work to commission. My work brings together my interests in colour, pattern and identity. I often use materials I forage for on my local beach and waste materials from previous projects.

As a curator I enjoy the process of developing the concept for exhibitions, working with artists and heritage venues to deliver informative and inspiring exhibitions.

Since leaving West Dean College I have worked as an artist in residence with Heritage organisations; National Trust at Montague House, Somerset and Knole, Kent as well as Chatsworth House, Derbyshire to demonstrate tapestry weaving and talk about the tapestries’ in their collections. My work for the Charleston Trust, Sussex has included giving guided tours of the house and exhibitions, design workshop, and I was part of the team who made a replica of a textile carpet for the trust.

Teaching textiles in schools, museums, art galleries and colleges is an important aspect of my practice. I am able to deliver a wide range of textile techniques using an inspiring array of materials including tapestry weaving and embroidery. The courses I run have small numbers so I am able to give lots of individual help and to create bespoke classes to fit to what the students want to learn. My specialist teaching work is with visually impaired people in museums to develop creative and sensory skills.

I have developed educational resources for the National Trust and Weaversbazaar. My book ‘Start to Embroider’  is published by Search Press to encourage everyone to get stitching.

I am a member of the Embroiderers Guild. I was Chairman of the Young Embroiderers;  the children’s part of the Embroiderers Guild. I am a member of the British Tapestry Group.

Please send me a comment and I will reply as soon as possible. Please note your email address is not made public on my website and your name and  message only appears on the site after I have approved the comment.

or call  me on 07771456291

Text and image copyright: Claire Buckley 2023


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