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Clara Francis

Clara Francis is self taught. Through trial, exploration, experiment, books and vintage patterns she learnt the intricate process of beading using Japanese glass beads. She uses peyote and herringbone stitches.

The results are stunning, the colours are by turn rich then subtle. Foxes, birds, butterflies, flowers, some of them are even three dimensional and crafted to drape just perfectly, they seem inspired by nature’s own perfect psychedelia.

Recently the Victoria and Albert Museum invited Clara to be one amongst a select few artists, including Grayson Perry to design a piece inspired by something within the great bastion itself for the Cherry on the Cake exhibition.  Clara perpetually came back to an antique Huguenot tapestry. The result is was an exquisite three dimensional necklace of flowers cascading from the neckline.

Clara started selling her pieces at Spitalfields Market.  Her work is now sold in boutiques and on websites around the world.

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