About

It's about taking one thing and transforming it into another.
An idea.
A material.

Soft, silkly fluffy, rough and smooth. Textures and fibers form the fabric or our lives.

 

Hi, my name is Claire!

I like to call myself a creative explorer. In a different life, I would have loved to have been an explorer, explorer, like a Victorian explorer charting unexplored areas. In reality I’m not that adventurous … but my mind is.

I love to play with paint, thread, wool and wood along with any other natural and repurposed materials I can get my hands on. I explore, I play and I create.

I'm at my best and most natural in wild landscapes and this theme along with nature in general heavily inspires my work.

Join me on Instagram to see my natural adventures.

Why Fibre Arts?

It's tactile
It's therapeutic
It has endless possibilities
It involves loads of lush textures and materials
It connects and transforms 
It makes a house a home
 
In the past while travelling staying in different apartments, I become used to seeing the same rental apartment. Of course it wasn't the same apartment but they were all white, two dimensional with no feel. This feeling stayed with me and planted a seed.

Why Zuva?

Zuva is the word for “sun” in Shona, one of the national languages of Zimbabwe. When I was 18, I went to live and work in Zimbabwe for a year. The experience had a huge impact on me. The people, the colours, the bright African sun. I think I have been attracted to Andalucía, Spain because the colours here are bright and intense, something I want to carry into my work but I also wanted to keep that reminder of Africa with me …hence Zuva.

 

Breaking Free Creatively

I suffered repeated health problems during my 20s which cumulated in being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome when I was 30. In a recovery process assisted by The Optimum Health Clinic, I discovered that creativity wasn’t just something that was important to me, it was an essential element to my overall wellbeing. While not being accomplished in any one creative medium, I began exploring first with writing and then taking photos. In 2013 whilst working in South Korea, I picked up a pencil and began doodling which then led to further explorations into illustration and printmaking. In 2019 I picked up an embroidery hoop and took an uncharted path into the world of fibrearts.

Creativity helped me recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and now it is my constant companion.
I am still exploring this creative path with no intention of turning back.
 

 Please get in touch with any questions you may have zuvastudio@gmail.com.