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Clare Spender

Textile Artist

I studied embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University and graduated in 1997. 

I was a community artist  before taking on roles within charitable organisations working as art and craft co-ordinators. wrking for the National Trust as a collection assistant and teaching art and textiles.

I obtained my Master from UCA Farnham School of Craft in Textiles in 2021. Studying for this MA has allowed me to re-emerge as a practicing textile artist.

I am also Exhibition and Archive Assistant at Highcliffe Castle in Dorset.

I have recently moved to Norfolk and currently setting up my new studio, 


I am drawn to the over looked an unseen.

I have always been drawn to the overlooked and unseen everyday elements and having worked with collections in historic houses I am often in a privileged position of seeing objects and rooms when no one is around, or crawling under furniture to clean a piece can touch the indentation of the foot of a table has made. It was a silent early spring morning that I opened the shutters and found myself immersed in a beam of sunshine that allowed dust motes to dance around me, which was when my two paths began to merge together and my art and collections work began to bind together.


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