Claire Passmore


Artist Information for Claire Passmore

I make art quilts for sheer pleasure; from the moment I have the first idea to putting the last stitch in place I enjoy every step of the journey. Much of the work I make is rooted in social commentary – things about which I have very strong emotions and feelings. I am also curious. I like to explore and experiment with shapes and structures, with no fixed end in mind, just to discover what might be.

My mind buzzes with ideas and thoughts which I try to formalise with samples, scribbled notes, sketches of potential ideas and other collected ephemera. I use the walls of my studio much like the pages in a huge sketchbook or journal. To some they look chaotic, but to me they are the place my thoughts evolve and begin to be transformed into reality. 

To create my work I almost always start by hand dying or altering fabric. I enjoy the processes of cutting, stitching, and layering fabric, ink, paint, thread and any other interesting materials, allowing the work to evolve and story to unfold.

I am a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the international groups ‘Twelve by the Dozen’ and ‘Six Dames’ and the Contemporary Quilt Group of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. My work is currently exhibited in several exhibitions across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. I also enjoy sharing what I have learned, and teach Guilds and groups here in the UK and internationally. In 2015 I wrote my first book, 'Quilting Originals', which aims to help art quilters develop strategies to design and make their own original work.

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Freedom II

Freedom II16" x 16"  

Inspired by the tapestries of Jean Lurcat. I constantly question why humankind has created so many artificial boundaries in our world - we seem obsessed with division and keeping things separate. I dream of a world without boundaries where everyone is as free a wild bird. 

Connectivity II

Connectivity II16 X 16  

Inspired by explorations into the abstraction of half-square triangles. Folds and stitch join the fabric to create modules which in turn hinge and fold on themselves, allowing unexpected forms to evolve. Connectivity is the key; this single stitched network can be transformed into many different arrangements.

Forward, Onward, Upward

Forward, Onward, Upward16 x 16  

This piece was inspired by the Street Artist Shamsia Hassani and her concept of 'Dreaming Graffiti' and the motto of the Bahamas' - 'Forward Upward Onward Together.'

Whilst travelling in Grand Bahama at the end of 2018 I took this photograph of a hurricane damaged building. Struck by the unending positivity of the Bahamian people, despite all they have been through with multiple hurricanes over the past 10 years, I decided to add some virtual graffiti to the building. 

Sadly, 7 months after I made this piece, Hurricane Dorian completely devastated the Abbaco and Grand Bahama islands. It is my hope the people I met whilst travelling there are safe and their positive spirit endures.

The Warmth of Friendship

The Warmth of Friendship16"x 16" x 16"  

'Friends' on social media are highly desirable. Click a button and make instant friendships with people all over the world. We grow our lists, display our photos and share our news, but so often it just this one-way traffic.  I want more than that from my friendships - I want warmth, kindness and ties that goes both ways. 

Los Dos Amigos: Superheroes 2

Los Dos Amigos: Superheroes 216" x 16"  

A quilt to make you smile. 2 imaginary friends who like to dress up - this time as Superheroes. The little jet-packs on their back are primed and ready to let them zoom off to rescue someone who needs cheering up. Paint and free motion stitch on cotton fabric.