Kendall Clarke MSDC
Kendall's work is concept-led and driven by experimentation with materials. It is characterized by fineness and detail, and is informed by a subtle aesthetic, influenced by the simple beauty of traditional and contemporary Japanese crafts. She uses painting, mark-making, erasure and other techniques together with hand weaving to create structurally-complex pieces that explore surface, layers and time.
She produces fine art pieces that have a sound technical and design underpinning, and a strong craft bias and dedication to craft excellence. The commitment to material experimentation and dedicated craft practice found in particular among Japanese textile artists is a source of inspiration in terms of approach and outcome. She often uses a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials to produce interesting contrasts and juxtapositions. Recent research has led to a focus on working with paper and paper-like yarns and painting warps with inks, as well as using reductive processes on hand woven cloth.
She is fascinated by written as well as visual language, in particular the unreliable nature of language and the consequent instability of interpretation and meaning. Ancient scripts and calligraphic marks, and their lost meanings, are a current area of interest. Through effacement and erosion the passage of time complicates and frustrates our attempts at understanding.
Cockpit Arts/Arts Society Award, 2019
Vlieseline Fine Art Textile Award (Highly Commended), 2019
New Beat, International Student Competition, International Shibori Symposium (Finalist), 2018
MA, Woven Textiles, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2019
Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award, 2019, London, Dublin, Birmingham, Harrogate
Connected, Oxo Gallery, London, 2019
Transition, Espacio Gallery, London 2018
New Beat, International Shibori Symposium, Japan 2018
Stories in the Making, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, 2017
Kendall Clarke: Woven Textiles, Bloomsbury Design, London, 2015