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Clarissa Cochran

Indigo Scarves and Woodcuts

I make pictures, using mainly indigo-dyed fabrics, wall-hangings and scarves, using shibori (Japanese shaped resist techniques), and cyanotype.  I also make woodcuts and print them as pictures and cards.

Clarissa Cochran Diagonal Light TrailI was brought up in Cambridge and spent childhood holidays on the Norfolk coast.  The sea became a recurrent theme. After three years art training and inspired by Kathleen Raine’s “the main function of art is to heal the soul”, I trained to become an art therapist and taught painting and drawing in Community Education while my children grew up. Motivated by the Japanese approach to design, indigo dyeing has become a vehicle for wall-hangings and fabric collages and scarves, and more recently cyanotype — which produces “indigo” from a totally different source—that of light-sensitive chemicals.

Clarissa Cochran ScarfI run indigo dyeing workshops, mostly from my home in Radwinter near Saffron Walden, where you can transform (“up-cycle”) your clothes and experiment with the various shibori techniques to design your own scarves etc.

I have work in private collections in many countries, as well as schools and colleges and have sold through several galleries in the East Anglian region including Primavera in Cambridge. In 2009 I had a solo exhibition at The Church Street Gallery in Saffron Walden.

I also show with The Essex Craft Society and with Cambridge Open Studios.

Clarissa Cochran Silver Estuary

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