Janet Clare talks about her inspiration for Origami:
“Our youngest son Henry had a fleeting obsession with origami, patiently teaching himself how to fold paper fortune-tellers, rabbits, cranes, flowers and boxes.
Whilst our house was gradually filling up with pretty papers and folded creatures I visited the Japanese galleries at the British Museum and had an inspiring and happy morning studying exquisite prints, calligraphy, kimono and ceramics taking notes and drawing in my sketchbook as I went along.
The idea for an origami fabric collection came to me on the train home – as good ideas often do -and once back in my studio I started collecting images on my Pinterest board.
I decided to draw and create all the imagery for the fabric collection by painting with bleach on an indigo ink surface. This is so much fun to do and gives you fluid, interesting lines and textures.
After a few days simply playing and experimenting you have to start refining your many ideas into a cohesive collection with the balanced variety of scale, texture and colour patchwork requires.”