The cooler season is well and truly upon us and we have new artworks in-store to celebrate Seven & Five, the A/W season. This is talented Claire Redford's second season as our Resident Artist and we couldn't be more excited to welcome her beautiful new works in-store.
I sat down with her to chat Seven & Five, her new works and what is inspiring her most right now.
How are you?
I am great thanks. I have a dear friend who asks “how is your head, heart and body?”. It was a question her father asked her most days when she was growing up. I love how it makes you scan yourself and think about all the different parts of you that make up how you are feeling. Like sometimes your head can be busy, but your heart is so happy, and maybe your body is so tired!
So, I would say, my head is a tad confused, my heart is full, and my body is pretty relaxed.
What’s inspiring you right now?
You (Annabelle Wilson) and your thoughtful collections. I love how your collections are always so inspired and steeped in history. And how you always offer so much to your customers (fan club!), including history lessons about amazing women.
Also, being inspired by the colour yellow and its many hues. I often find myself wearing it head to toe, including my drink bottle.
What's the thing you find most interesting about our new season inspo, the talented & empowered Frances Hodgkins?
That she went out on her own as a young woman and had such confidence in herself. She knew she was destined to achieve great things in the arts. My word, what it would be like to have that much self conviction.
We are in love with your new paintings. Can you tell us about your process to create these works?
Your house has such a lovely vibe and decor. It actually has a very Hodgkins-eque feel to it. So, I thought it would be fun if you gathered up some of her personal items and created a still-life. And you kindly did!
The other paintings are inspired by the unique Wilson Trollope fabric designs that have been used in this collection.
What &/or who did you draw inspiration from for these works?
In light of the inspiration for the collection being Frances Hodgkins, I did a fun deep dive into her works! The fun colours she uses and the way she depicts flowers is so free and fun.
'Still Life',Frances Hodgkins, 1929
I also looked a lot at Matisse’s very vibrant works, especially his works of flowers and other botanicals.
Anemones in a Vase (recto and verso), Henri Matisse, 1944
What materials did you use and why?
I went back to classic watercolour paints for these works. It was so fun. I loved getting it all watery which enabled me to almost create a tie-dyed look.
I also used a lot of charcoal pencils, as I found this Frances Hodgkins drawing that I loved and wanted to try and capture this!
Lastly, what are your go-to styles from this season?
The gorgeous Frances Dress in the Pansy Print, and how good is the Maeve Biker! I love the warmth of the Berry, I feel snuggly just looking at it!
To read more about the talented Claire click here
To check out the full Seven and Five Collection click here
We can't wait for you to see Claire's beautiful new artworks in person, come in-store and check them out!
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