Hi, I’m Claire Brach. Originally from England, I have lived in several countries including Thailand and Japan and settled in Australia some years ago. I have been stitching, creating and playing with fibres from being a small child.
My interests lie in the areas of colour, design, composition and construction of unique art pieces. My skills include a wide array of both traditional and contemporary hand stitching, building dimensional structures, creative backgrounds, innovative jewellery and personal adornments, journal making and more.
One of my main focuses is incorporating interesting and unusual items into my textile work. These often include metal shim and extensive wire worked items, along with manipulated synthetic fabrics and plastics, handmade paper, raw silk fibres and other silk products. Interesting yarns and fibres always feature prominently along with many forms of beading and textural embellishments. Hand stitching is at the core of my work and searching out, experimenting and including differing elements on which to apply my stitching is always a pleasure.
I am still passionate about learning new techniques and I enjoy taking opportunities to attend seminars, workshops and exhibitions to widen my knowledge base. Formal studying has been a continual part of my adult life as it provides me with a framework for self-improvement and advancement in my chosen field.