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Claire Brooker

Pattern Designer

Ghost*Pink Wallpaper Greetings Card

Left blank for your own message. Printed on coated board with gloss laminate to front, sold with envelope

8cm wide × 21cm high

Lace Panicle*Green Wallpaper Greetings Card

Left blank for your own message. Printed on coated board with gloss laminate to front, sold with envelope

8cm wide × 21cm high

Graduated from MMU
Awards
  • MMU Alumni Award 2007
portrait of Claire Brooker
‘My study on the Creative Business Development programme at MMU gave me the opportunity to develop a new collection of products using a new medium – digital design. The combination of business research with visits from practising artists/designers and organisational representatives also helped to direct the development of my product range and my understanding of self-employment.’

After graduating with a First Class degree in Textiles/Fashion from MMU in 1994, Claire worked for a few years as a Visual Display Co-ordinator in the fashion industry before moving to France for a year to work as a Creative Assistant at a hotel. Upon returning to the UK, she taught textile design at Stockport College for a few years and then returned to MMU in 2004 as an Associate Lecturer.

After completing the Graduate Diploma in Creative Business Development, Claire is now concentrating on running her own design business. As an independent designer, she is creating an evolving range of digital prints and patterned motifs that can be encapsulated within a frame or set free to transform space as a decorative frieze.

Using titled collections to identify different sources of pattern origination, each collection of intricate designs can be translated to paper, perspex and vinyl so that they may be applied to windows and walls on small and grand scales.

A fascination for the soothing rhythms of repetition began whilst studying for a degree in woven textile design. More recently, Claire’s attention has shifted from the constructed textile to the constructed and layered image. The sources for these visual works are selected fragments and details from the surrounding environment such as plant forms and shadows.

Forms may be so minute that they escape the eye whilst other sources can be fleeting, existing only as a moment in time.