Who are and what do you do?
Hi, I’m Claire and I’m a designer maker of ‘Needle Artworks’ and ‘Super Chunky Merino Knits’ which I make by hand on what can only be described as gigantic knitting and crochet needles which my dear Dad (the wood turner) has made for me using beautiful pieces of Mahogany, Beech and Ash.
What stemmed from a hobby as a child eventually lead me into education and 24 years of teaching up and down the country. I have always had a passion to be creative and eventually in 2016 that creativity became a viable business idea and resulted in the launch of Dunnknit Designs. I now spend my days surrounded by luxurious Merino Wool and split my time between making beautiful items to adorn the home, unique fashion accessories and there’s always an Artwork on the go in the studio too.
What 5 words best describe your work?
Luxurious, Colourful, Cosy, Individual, Eye-catching
Do you have any design heroes?
Jacqui Fink is an amazing Textile Artist and my main inspiration. We share a similar story in that life circumstances lead to a major career change. I have an artistic background and I love Jacqui’s giant Merino Wool installations.
Where is your studio? Location? In a shared studio?
I work from my small studio at home in Northwich.
Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio
Wool Preparation, Giant Knitting/ Crocheting, Music, Hand Processing, Sewing, Finishing
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?
I have recently finished a Merino Artwork commission. It was a holiday of a lifetime to Costa Rica for a family who wanted to capture their favourite photograph in an original Artwork.
I’m also working on a new Chunky Knit collection for 2018 which includes more furniture pieces.
What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar?
Seeing as it’s Winter woolly season I’m bringing along lots of Chunky Knit Merino Wool Hats, Scarves and Ponchos. Plus a few favourites including Footstools and Lap blankets and of course some Christmas goodies like the fun Giant Santa Hats, Chunky Knit Stars and best of all The Santa Hat Christmas Tree Toppers.
What would be your job if you weren’t doing what you do now?
I feel like I’ve been there and done that brave move already. Ever since I left Art College I have constantly been designing and creating. So at last to be lucky enough to be able to do what I love every day is an absolute joy!
Tell us something we don’t know
I’m a big music lover and play the piano, flute and guitar.
A random one I know but I’d love to own a Vespa!