ARTIST Leanne Claxton inhabits the space between fashion and art, translating intricate oil paintings into stunning digital prints which are then transferred onto silk and cashmere scarves. A lover of the outdoors, Claxton derives endless inspiration from the natural world – her SS17 collection influenced by the works of late American artist Georgia O’Keefe in particular, who likewise urged her contemporaries to appreciate the beauty of the flora surrounding us, which all too often goes unnoticed. Beyond this, Claxton explores how significant flora and fauna are to our memories of, and associations with, certain places, times or even events.
The Art of Flowers collection is both vibrant and wistful. Bright prints evoke the exoticism of far-flung corners of the world – such as the electric Malay design which recreates the patterns found on the butterfly wings and bird species of Asia, whilst more neutral, earthy and somewhat melancholic designs reflect the artist’s longing for her homeland, England or induce nostalgia for summers spent abroad in Spain, where wild meadows are left to grow.
The SS17 collection began, as have all of Claxton’s previously, with a series of detailed graphite sketches which are then re-interpreted as oil paintings, transformed into digital patterns and finally transferred onto fine fabrics, at which point they become highly intricate and entirely wearable pieces of art.
Having grown up in Lancashire, Claxton moved to London in 2002 to undertake a BA degree in textile design at Central Saint Martins. After graduating, she trained in Paris under Christian Lacroix and has since worked both in-house and as a freelance print designer for a number of highly-acclaimed brands across Europe, as well as in Hong Kong and New York. In 2015, she set up her eponymous art and print studio back in Lancashire – a studio which continues to flourish – and where she freely exercises her creativity and explores her craftsmanship.
A credit to her multidisciplinary expertise, Claxton flows effortlessly from paper to canvas to computer screen to fabric, moving seamlessly between the physical and digital worlds to create truly spectacular and thoroughly unique pieces.
by Hannah Bergin
The collection is stocked by
Coco Boutique: 3/7 Wayfarers Arcade Southport Merseyside PR8 1NT. 01704 513393.
Competitive Edge: 31 Burscough St Ormskirk L39 2EG. 01695 578778.
It is also available online from her site and The Clothing Lounge, Silkfred and NJAL.
Prices range from £68 – £148.