Having sourced vintage buttons (1940-50s) from the US and Australia, she combines them into contemporary jewellery pieces, reviving their art deco past. Each bracelet is constructed on a crocheted wire base (her grandmother’s art) with carefully placed buttons to ensure continuity of design and structural strength. Colour is largely predetermined by plastic manufacturing technology capabilities of the time; however, art deco fabric designs inspire interesting and unique combinations in the finished works. Her brooches also borrow from art deco industrial design, with arrangement of buttons on a vintage buckle base. The pieces themselves are a collection of works as each button has its’ own beauty and design.
‘Pinching pelargoniums’ is a reference to her incessant desire for new and interesting geraniums (plant icon of the 1950s), often ‘pinched’ as cuttings from neighbouring fences.
Claire has crafted art jewellery for about 5 years and has also exhibited landscape paintings in the last year.