Claire Wellesley-Smith is an artist, educator and writer based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She studied politics as an undergraduate and has a Masters degree in Visual Arts from Bradford School of Art. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the Open University researching slow craft activities and engagement with personal and community heritage. She specialises in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. Dyes and stitches on reclaimed cloth are used in slow processes that allow time for consideration of methods of production and narratives of use. Claire uses archival research as the starting point for her work, looking at locations and community stories. Cloth, dye and stitch are then used as carriers of the natural and social history of place.
Socially-engaged arts projects are a key part of Claire's practice. Her projects are often community-based and explore the ways that place, heritage and memory can connect people to their surrounding environment.
Her book Slow Stitch: Mindful and Contemplative Textile Art was published in 2015 by Batsford, London.