Tuesday, 27 October 2009


Inspiration for my ice collection came when there was a spectacular hoar frost that lasted for two days in January. It transformed the landscape and even the most ugly objects like barbed wire or a spiky artichoke became beautiful.

I realised that this was what clothes did for us too and I started to explore what was hidden underneath this cloak of frost. Would I find something dark and sinister beneath all the pristine white surface?

The thought of something hidden influenced my choice of colour palette and instead of using monochrome I looked for greys, purples and blues but I couldn't resist the lovely combination of red and green that I found in this frosted flower.

All images copyright Claire Ketteman 2009

Thursday, 15 October 2009

New Beginings...

Here I am in the brave new world of blogging. I'm going to use this rather like an on-line sketch book to show my projects. I'm a real butterfly when it comes to craft projects and I can't wait to move on to the next interesting thing. Maybe writing things down will give me a bit of discipline!

Here is some of my current work. I'm making items for sale at the Presence VII exhibition which takes place at the Manor House Museum, Ilkley 21st November '09 - 10th January '10. The work is based on my Ice Dreams collection which was inspired by hoar frost and frozen water.

My zig-zag scarf is made from combed cotton and viscose yarn. The permanent pleat pattern reminds me of jagged shards of ice that I found in frozen puddles. The fabric will retain its shape even when washed.

The ice scarf is constructed from felted lambswool which has been embellished with embroidered snowflakes and metallic beads.

Finally my flower brooch is made from stainless steel/wool yarn and nylon monofilament. These unusual yarns have allowed me to create light ethereal pieces that are also sculptural.
All work copyright: Claire Ketteman 2009

All work copywrite: Claire Ketteman 2009