Claire Moynihan

I have a really lovely interview with the queen of creepy crawlies, Claire Moynihan :D.  I remember when I first saw her work at New Designers in London a few years back.  I was amazed at the detail and how much love and attention that had gone into her work. I picked up her business card and still have it today.  It is lovely to see that she has created many other wonderful pieces.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am based in Hertfordshire and have been creating my Bug and Moth Balls for five years, I began making them when I was finishing my degree in Applied Arts at the University of Hertfordshire.  I have always enjoyed drawing and discovered embroidery as a form of drawing with stitch.  I wanted to work with a local and sustainable material so using alpaca wool to make the felt balls, which form the bases of my bug balls, was a great find.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I am mad about insects and my knowledge and love of them has grown since I started making them.  My work aims to celebrate insects (particularly British ones) and allows the audience to appreciate them and observe them in a close up way.  I love discovering new insects to try to make, whilst my friends and family share in my enthusiasm for them, often telling me about ones they have spotted or getting me to identify mystery bugs.

What is your favourite piece of work to date and why?

I would say that the favourite Bug that I have done is the Garden Snail due to the ridiculous level of intricacy and time it takes to create.  I also enjoyed creating a swarm of Bumble Bees last summer for an exhibition at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing.

Do you have any new projects/exhibitions coming up?

I have exhibited my Bug Balls Collections widely and continue to work to commission and make more bugs for future exhibitions.  I am exhibiting this summer at The Marle Gallery in Axminster, Devon and Byard Art Gallery in Cambridge, later in the year my work will be featured in an ‘ABC of Artists’ at Byard Art and at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead and the London Art Fair in Islington. I am also going to be featured in The Castle Gallery in Inverness at their Christmas Exhibition.  

I would like to say thank you to Claire for letting me write this post and for all the information and photos she supplied.

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