Deep Buttoned Ottoman with Mockbee & Co.
What does an average day look like at the moment in the Claire Gaudion Studio?
An average day can be very varied, but is always busy. After orders and collaboration meetings, time is allocated for new design development work and handweaving samples in the studio, as well as liaising with our manufacturers.
We also assign time for our online presence and social media. We like to tell the story of our collections via our blog, and also feature a colour of the week. Depending on the time of year, we may also be working on forthcoming trade show presentations, and co-ordinating photoshoots etc.
Your textiles range from very geometric prints to soft weaves. What influences these designs?
The dramatic coastal landscape of my home island, Guernsey, and it’s unique light, changing tides and weather are a great influence on my designs. The layers of colour and pattern in my designs are an interpretation of the rhythm and tone in the natural landscape. My design process can be quite organic and experimental, trialing new design ideas by interlacing coloured threads and exploring weave structures at the loom, which in turn inspires my digital pattern designs, and vice versa.
I am also drawn to the work of Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl, Jun Tomita, Reiko Sudo, Robert and Sonia Delaunay, among others.