Saturday, 2 June 2012

Claire Corstorphine

Hello lovely people!

I recently went to my sister's final degree show exhibition in Dundee.  All the work produced was really beautiful and to a very high standard.  A few people's spaces really stood out for me and I collected business cards so I could get in touch and look at their websites.

One girl's work that inspired me, and made me say "ooooh I love that one and that one, nooo that one!" was Claire Corstorphine.  She had designed a collection of gorgeous scarves, all in lovely pastel colours, which is right up my street :)


So I got in touch and she agreed to tell me all about her work :D

-  Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am a 27 year old digital print designer and recent graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, based in Cellardyke, Fife.  For my final year project I took the theme of evolution as inspiration for a selection of silk twill scarves, developed for women's wear.  With the progression of technology in the 21st century, digital printing has enabled the production of photographic quality designs, capturing details and effects that may not otherwise be achievable thorough traditional methods of screen printing, which I find really exciting.  I have used a mixture of digital collage and illustration; exploring darwinian imagery from the natural world like flowers and insects, along side images of bones and fossils, in order to create a quirky aesthetic.  Images of cells and microbes act as reference to the creation of life, also echoed in the development of spiral shapes; a reoccurring sequence found in nature. Further development of drawing proceeds to strange mutant beings, influenced by the progression of natural selection towards modern day artificial creation.

- What made you decide to study textiles?

From a young age I've always had an interest in art and design and amongst the many wild notions of what I wanted to be when I grew up (professional gladiator being one!) I remember wanting to be an 'inventor'. After leaving high school I still didn't know exactly what I wanted to do although I knew it was of a creative nature, so I embarked on various college courses in order to build my portfolio and apply to art school to find out what it was that I wanted to do. During this time it was the textile related modules that got me particulary excited and I feel taking the time to discover this was definitely benefitial and gave me various skills and different ways of looking at things that I could later apply in my design practice; a grown-up version of 'inventing' I suppose!


- Where do you get your inspiration from?

I like sillyness and absurdity; life's little oddities that just have a quirkyness about them or a story to tell, so narrative would be a big inspiration. I like to collect things that are considered 'kitsch' or 'retro', again relating to the idea of nostalgia and memory.Charity shops are an exciting and dangerous place, I think I'm on first name terms with most of the volunteers now! They're always full of wonderful things to draw, or extract detail from and even use as physical material.

- What is next for you?

Next on the agenda is New Designers at the end of June, an exhibition and platform for design graduates from all across the UK which is held in London. Hopefully this will help generate some positive interest in my work. After New Designers, I will continue to further develop my collection and get a professional website up and running to fully showcase my work, as well as the odd visit to the charity shops of course!

I love love love the butterfly print in the picture above and the pink flower scarf, they would go perfectly with my blazer and jackets :P

I just want to thank Claire for letting me write about her.  All the photos in this blog are copyright of Claire Corstorphine. You can follow Claire at 

Dittery Dot

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