ISSUE 38  |  Distressed Glamour

Artist Visit: Clare Goddard in London

September 20, 2011 1:30 PM

BY Julie Carlson

British artist Clare Goddard studied at the Loughborough College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art; later, she worked in textile design and on interior projects. Her work reminds us that what we use every day can be a thing of beauty. Goddard is something of a magpie: "I collect bits and pieces from junk shops and random things that people normally throw away—used train tickets, old letters and photos, packaging, rusty cutlery, odd buttons, scraps of fabric. These things have all served their purpose in the past, and I enjoy being able to bring them together to create something beautiful."

Goddard exhibits her work all over the world (including De Vera in New York and Miller Bertaux in Paris); to see more, go to Clare Goddard.

Above: Goddard's kitchen utensils are made from paper, wood, and string.

Above: Tableware made from recycled tea bags: "Used materials have their own unique identity and history in the form of marks, stains, scratches, and tears which new materials do not have. There is little point in bullying new materials when there is so much material to utilize," Goddard said in a 1999 interview.

Above: Papier-mache spoons for measuring out scoops of imagination.