In our final ‘meet the artist’ installment, celebrating the Christmas collaboration between Farrow & Ball and Print Club London we meet Clare Halifax:
Name: Clare Halifax
Key influences for your work: Architecture, Surface pattern and intricate detail.
Favourite colour to display artwork on: White
Clare Halifax drying a screen.
When did you become interested in screen printing?
I initially studied Printed Textiles, so at university.
Tell us about some of your recent/favourite projects?
I was asked to do an exclusive print for the v&a (one of my favourite places). Have just completed a set of prints for John Lewis, commissioned by Berkley homes to produce a working map for a new build on 250 City Road illustrating connectivity and community in the area. Currently working with Brompton Bikes to produce an accessories range featuring my illustrations.
Clare Halifax setting up her print.
What inspired the design of your final piece for the Farrow & Ball project?
I wanted to show an internationally iconic London scene with a winter feel.
What inspired the colour palette you used for the Farrow & Ball project?
I wanted the blue/ greys to be quite crisp to reinforce the winter themes, selecting Parma Gray, Mole’s Breath and Borrowed Light. With Charlotte’s Locks being used to inject an accent colour of warmth.
Clare Halifax starting her printing with Farrow & Ball Parma Gray.
What do you do when you’re not printing?
Many of my interests tend feed into my work, i.e. going to exhibitions, museums, theatre and cinema where I can find new inspiration. Pilates is really handy against the bad posture created from being hunched over drawing and I’ve just started learning to climb as something brand new. Plus I’m a big fan of Brunch.
Who is/are your favourite artists?
I’ve loved Hockney as long as I can remember
How do you use artwork when decorating?
I like to use either big pieces or lots of small things grouped tightly together. I prefer a more higgledy piggledy approach to uniform hanging.
Clare Halifax’s final print
Thank you for taking time to answer our questions Clare!
To see and potentially win one of the limited edition collaborative silk screen prints in the flesh pop along to a Farrow & Ball showroom.
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Charlotte Cosby has 8 years experience working in the interiors industry and is currently Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball where she experiments with colour on a daily basis. Inspired by the unusual, her love of design and extreme curiosity for both form and substance take her all over the world.