With Clare’s work you are tuning into her deepest thoughts. Her work is about emotions rather than causes – her fears, passions, memories, frustrations, motherhood and of course, the nature that surrounds her, with its recurring changes, are all inspirations and a constant reminder of our inner beings and our very own seasons. The making process embraces the use of a wide range of textiles, textures and techniques. The process is inspired by a deep appreciation of the traditions of fibre, form and shape - embroidery is the finishing factor, the ‘inking in’ of the work that is essential for completion. Her choice of colours is very direct and intuitive. Colours are placed directly on the fabric as to not disturb the meditation. With Clare there is an overwhelming need to make – an urgency to get the emotion expressed, resolved and released. Clare Ormerod lives and works in Ireland.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sitting quietly in my studio considering wool colours and hearing the children playing outside.
Which living person do you most admire?
Artist Sheila Hicks.
What is your greatest extravagance?
Buying too much wool, Unison pastels and generally any art materials.
What is your current state of mind?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Which talent would you most like to have?
To be better at upscaling my work and make more installation pieces.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having 3 children, moving to a foreign country and still maintaining my career.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Studio assistant to Anni Albers and be tutored at the Black Mountain College under her and her husband Josef Albers.
Where would you most like to live?
I am very happy living here in Huntington Castle in Ireland but wouldn't mind an apartment in New York to escape to!
What is your favorite occupation?
Being an artist and mother
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and kindness - my best friends have stuck by me through many ups and downs.
Who are your favorite writers?
Olivia Robertson - way ahead of her time.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Hilma Af Klint - the artist who quietly made her mark by exploring the spiritual realm.
What is your motto?
‘You must continue!'