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Esther Clark - van Oostrum

  • Drawing, Painting, Textiles

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About the Artist


Textile and pen-and-ink artist

I have always been creative and have tried all sorts of techniques, but I always go back to textiles and pen-and-ink. I started making my own clothes before I was in my teens and quickly moved on to more creative stuff where I could indulge in more creativity. Even if Punk was all the rage, I wasn't outrageous enough to be part of that scene. It was also (partly) why I didn't go to Art School, but ended up working for various airlines.  Eventually my creative streak got the upper hand; having a little daughter was one cause, living on a farm with all sorts of animals getting themselves into funny stuations was another. I started telling stories through detailed pictures. In the 1990's there was the rage of those 3-D images and I wondered if I could achieve that effect in fabrics - I could!  Abstracts images and portraits in patchwork followed, and that led to 'painting' houses in fabrics. I've also enjoyed making colourful practical items. House portraits I mainly draw or sew to commission, using the client's hobbies, job, interests to personalise them. And I make customised Christmas Cards - such fun!

I relish my arty activities as a hobby - and it's a fabulous way to support charities that are close to my heart. Over the years I have supported Cancer Research UK and Medical Detection Dogs, and this year it is Mesothelioma research.

Are you interested in seeing your house in fabrics? It makes a wonderful gift. Or perhaps you'd like to sew your own House Portrait - do contact me for a workshop on this, or any other sewing topic.

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