British textile designer, Claire Gaudion, designs original and contemporary woven and printed interiors textiles and home accessories. The Claire Gaudion textile design studio was established in 2013 and is based in Hampshire in Britain, with distribution agents in Europe, America, Australia and Canada. Claire Gaudion’s studio was created to offer a new aesthetic of contemporary design that celebrates colour, pattern and texture. Claire’s design philosophy balances creativity, craft and innovation with an emphasis on quality and integrity.
Founder and creative director Claire, draws inspiration from her home island of Guernsey, as well as reflecting an admiration of the Bauhaus and Mid-Century Modern movements. Her designs reflect her Guernsey heritage where she discovered a love of colour, craft and textiles.
Through her explorative study of colour, experimentation with intricate weaves and creation of modern patterns, Claire blends traditional crafts with contemporary and modern design using colour, to create her distinctive collection of unique textiles and rugs. In addition to her collection, Claire provides a custom design service for bespoke fabrics, rugs and wall-coverings and exclusive projects for retailers, trade and private clients.
“I find great inspiration in the ever-changing seascapes and coastal landscapes of the Channel Islands, my modern geometric patterns and textured woven designs draw on the islands’ natural rhythms.” Claire Gaudion
“My admiration of designers and artists of the Bauhaus and Mid-century Modern movements also inspires my work; Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl for their striking woven designs and use of craft and colour, Paul Klee for his in depth studies of colour and form, and Sonia Delaunay for her exemplary bold rhythmic patterns in considered colour combinations.” Claire Gaudion
Claire Gaudion textiles are developed and sampled in our rural Hampshire studio, before being produced in specialist mills in the UK. Claire’s design process is methodical, yet also organic and experimental. Beginning with a storyboard, or design board, Claire collects ideas for a new project or collection. These ideas may include images, words, fabrics swatches, art, music etc. The storyboard may be rearranged and edited several times as Claire explores connections and references between ideas, and new concepts of colour, pattern and texture. From here, sketches and weave patterns are drafted and colour palettes are created. This process can be quite cyclical, as ideas are explored and re-explored. We often share behind the scenes details and design inspiration on our blog, which you can read here.
Provenance & Production
Woven Fabrics and Accessories
All Claire Gaudion fabrics are produced in the UK. We are proud to work with highly-skilled British weavers at mills in West Wales, Lancashire and Scotland to weave our collection; each mill has a specialist niche, their expertise developed over years of manufacturing and honing traditional craft skills. Tradition and integrity are important to us, and as we innovate and move forwards in design, we wish to respect these ancient crafts that are part of our British heritage.
Print to Order Fabrics
Our printed fabrics are also made in the UK, using digital print technology. We have chosen digital print for two key reasons. We can create designs with an unlimited number of colours, and because digital print is more environmentally conscious than traditional screen printing methods, requiring significantly less water for steaming and washing, and less energy for drying fabrics.
Our finely crafted scarves are digitally printed in the UK and individually handmade in our Hampshire design studio.
The making of our rugs combines ancient craft skills and modern day technology. Our rug partners, HI Rugs, have a strong heritage and artisanship. They have been perfecting hand weaving traditional rug making skills for generations. The quality and craftsmanship invested in each rug, their responsible work ethic, and the support they provide to local communities in India where the rugs are produced, makes us very proud to work with them. All our products are ethically and responsibly made.
Claire Gaudion collections have been featured in some leading national and international press titles, including these shown below, read more on our blog