A Day with Bed Threads


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In Your Element with Ettitude

Can you please tell us a bit about yourself and your work?

My name is Claire and I am a visual artist based in Byron Bay. What I paint, to me, is calming, peaceful and with hope can bring warmth and happiness to any home.

What does comfort mean to you?

Comfort to me is track pants and an over-sized t-shirt relaxing at home. Painting is definitely a creature comfort to me, no matter the mood - it always makes me feel whole and happy.

How do you create comfort at home in winter and do you make any changes to welcome the cooler weather?

i like to create new paintings for around the house with the change of season, throw blankets everywhere, swap out our summer bedding to a warm winter palette, and of course an assortment of teas to sip on to warm up.

What is your relationship with winter? Do you love/hate it?

I think it's definitely a love-hate relationship, however as I growI have found that I am enjoying it a lot more. Especially when we go on road trips or if there is snow involved!

In winter, we tend to spend more time indoors, how do you like to hibernate?

Lots of layers of fluffy clothing, throw blankets and snuggling p to my parter with tea or wine.

You have so many beautiful spaces in your home - what's your favourite room or nook and why?

I have two! Our bedroom, the morning light is perfect, soft and warm to wake up too. And my studio, I can spend all day here and not ever realise how quickly time has passed.

Is there a creative thread or common thread you keep returning to in your work?

My turmeric colour palette is definitely a thread I like to mix into each collection - it brings me warmth and happiness when I create with it.

Can you share your top tips on living a more considered and sustainable lifestyle?

Recycle where you can, buy organic and locally farmed fruit and vegetable and compost your scrap foods.

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Mornings with Spell & The Gypsy

Welcoming the lovely Gabby from Spell into my home studio for a cuppa and a catch up.

Introduce yourself...

My name is Claire and I am 29 years old. I am a visual artist from Byron Bay raised in the local region amongst a family purposed by creative expression. I utilise acrylic paints and moulding paste to transpose abstract lines, shapes and landscapes, resulting in ethereal, texturally-engaging pieces of art. My pieces integrate earthy, pastel tones and clever simplicity which transports you into a world of warmth and serenity.

Talk to us through your journey that has led to your life now as an artist...

Ever since I was a child I have always been drawn to picking up a pencil or paint brush. Throughout school I attended many art classes and visited many art galleries. It was only until a few years ago that I began illustrating again and sold my first piece of art. Last year during a period of illness I craved a creative outlet, this is where GOLDEN HOUR bloomed. I started off only selling a few pieces here and there. Later, I was invited to attend a fundraiser even where my art exhibited for the very first time. A week later I built my own website from scratch, started to create a new collection of paintings and successfully sold out in only a few days! It has not been a year and I couldn't be happier where I am and where my future with Golden Hour is taking me.

What are three things that fuel your creativity?

Love, Landscapes and Abstract

What inspires you?

I gain most of my inspiration from my travels, whether that is going overseas on a long trip, going camping for a few nights, or even as simple as going to a beach I haven't been to before. It doesn't matter where I go, I just always make sure I have some form of paper and drawing utensil, incase I get a flare of creativity surging through. I want to get it down on paper ASAP, haha! I also am inspired by my favourite artist, this may be the colours or textures techniques they use, I like to continue to grow my knowledge around creating beautiful art. I love to watch other artist paint too, there is just something about it, just so soothing.

Do you have a morning routine?

Generally, I like to start my day by rinsing my face and applying my zinc and eye serum so I feel bright and fresh. This is followed by coffee of course. I also like to go to Bende for regular pilates and barre classes for that extra kick of energy.

How do you create a vibe to create?

I have a paint playlist, this is definitely my favourite thing to listen to when I create - it is mainly old disco dancing music that makes me want to wiggle hehe.

Thank you to the beautiful Gabby Smith from Spell & The Gypsy Collective for stepping into my studio today - (you make have spotted some Golden Hour pieces adorning that walls of one of Spell's very own LuLu's dreamy dining space!)