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Free Range 2007 Artist Profile: Claire Fitch

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Free Range 2007 Artist Profile: Claire Fitch

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It's over. Our love affair with Free Range must sadly come to an end. Before we go, here's one more artist you really should check out before it's all packed away until next year. Claire Fitch is from renowned Nottingham Trent University. You can see her textiles and fashion accessories as part of their 'play!' exhibition until Monday 23rd July.

Tell us more about what inspires you.

We live in a culture that advocates and accepts delving into others lives and exposing them for what they are. I'm interested in this aspect of contemporary culture and how people interact with each other. I also draw inspiration from the aspects of peoples lives that they wish to keep secret from others, I explored the concept of exposing 'suburban secret lives' through illustrative drawing. I concentrated on drawing people interacting with places and others to portray narrative stories.

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You're part of the last lot of exhibitions, what can our readers expect if come and see you?

I explore the idea of progression and creating a series in order to tell a story through images. Each drawing is a snapshot of a time, place and emotion but whilst capturing these elements I like to retain a humorous, light hearted approach to the subject. Line and colour are important aspects of my work.

I created a pastiche of fragmented components from different aspects of my illustrations, combining the images with areas of repeated pattern and experiment with different colours. I transfer these images onto fabric using digital print and create fashion accessories, combining my interest in the associations with shoes being mementos of occasion in our lives.

What's it like exhibiting in London?

I think that graduate shows in London like Free Range can act as a great platform to showcase your work to the art and design sector. It can help make the transition between leaving University and trying to find your way in the industry a little easier and can bring some great opportunities that otherwise might not have been there. Despite the hard work that goes into exhibiting in the shows they act as a great insight.

You can see more of Claire's work here.

This just about sums up the final days of Free Range. We could have predicted the design world's 'next big thing'. Even if we haven't, with art this good, we'll be back next year to do it all again.

Free Range is at the Old Truman Brewery from May 31st until 23rd July. Opening Nights: Thursdays 6pm-10pm & Show Days: Fridays to Mondays 10am-7pm. Nearest tube: Aldgate East / Liverpool Street.

Last Updated 19 July 2007