Coming from a family of dressmakers, tailors, costumiers and wigmakers, Claire creates jewellery that explores the narratives created by absent bodies in dress. She has a lifelong passion for historical dress, which, coupled with her fascination with museums and archives, drives her practice to investigate and deconstruct garments, in particular those that have alterations or damage.

After 'interviewing' a garment to discover the narratives about its maker or wearer, which may be truthful or invented (she decides), Claire creates jewels that that shed light on their hidden histories. These jewels often incorporate pieces of the garment, which are given new roles and values once repurposed.

 

                   

                       Suspender Brooch (detail). Elastic, silver and enamel.