Claire A Baker is a Textile Artist and Embroiderer whose contemporary practice focuses on the traditional and historical influences of textile craft. Her research-responsive artworks explore texture, scale and negative space, her methodology being definitively informed by her concepts. Concerned with the phenomenology of displacement, abandonment, memory, place and the lost, she has based her research work within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone for the last five years. She set up the 26:86 Collective in 2015, is a lecturer at The Northern School of Art and works internationally as Arts Director of a festival held in Ukraine supporting the people still living in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Claire has been awarded major grants by British Council UK & Crafts Council (Crafting Futures) as well as British Council Ukraine and her current PhD study is supported by an AHRC Studentship award.
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March 2019: Peer reviewed, accepted for publication: Russian translation of ‘An experiential investigation into the embroidery practices of the Chernobyl Babushka’, Russian Fashion Theory Journal
September 2019: Peer reviewed, accepted for publication: ‘An experiential investigation into the embroidery practices of the Chernobyl Babushka’. Clothing Cultures, Intellect Books
November 2018: ‘An anthropological investigation of the Chernobyl Babushka – a photographic response’, Perspectives in Art & Design (online)