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BYARD ART 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ, UK T: +44 1223 464646 E: info@ byardart.co.uk www.byardart.co.uk Claire Moynihan Group Exhibitions (recent & forthcoming) 2012 Christmas Cracker at Byard Art, Cambridge ABC Alphabet Exhibition at Byard Art, Cambridge Mixed Summer at Byard Art, Cambridge 2011 East Wing Collection, The Courtauld Institute, London Mixed Summer Exhibition, Byard Art, Cambridge Portraits in the Making, Pitzhanger Manor House and Gallery, London 2010 Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London 2009 Winter Warmth, The Park Gallery & Callendar House, Falkirk The Bug Bazaar, The Millenium Gallery, Sheffield Designer Crafts, The Mall Galleries London The Embroiders Guild Graduate Showcase, London and Harrogate Art & Insects, Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth 2008 New Designers, Business Design Centre, Islington, London Awards Merit Licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsmen Publications Bugs Britannica by P. Murren & R. Mabey, Chatto & Windus,May 2010, p.283, Artist’s Statement Claire Moynihan meticulously hand embroiders British insects onto felt balls, which are beautifully presented as entomological collections. Claire processes local alpaca wool to produce the felt balls and stitches larger than life insects onto the surface. This allows the viewer to appreciate the diverse details of the insect world through her careful observations and intricate embroidery. The highly collectable works aim to celebrate the underrated moth and the valuable contribution of insects to our fragile ecosystem. Through her research into the Common Clothes Moth at the Museum of Zoology in Cambridge, Claire discovered the incredible diversity of the insect world. “I was inspired by the beautiful display cabinets full of rows of insects and, in particular, the hand written labels.
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