I'm constantly thrilled to find so many artists depicting animals in such a wide variety of creative ways. This week we present you with Claire Chambers of Chickenpants Studio. She takes a traditional craft of embroidery and quilting and turns it into a new fresh art form all while honoring animals in the process. Let's meet Claire...
I love animals, especially dogs. Actually, it would be more accurate to say that I am obsessed with dogs. I always have my radar up for dogs, and the most memorable parts of walks and travels are always the dogs I got to meet or see. Dogs and chickens and bunnies are my three big favorites, and it’s natural to me that my creative work revolves around them.
I work in fabric, embroidery and ink.
Oh, forever. I’ve been creating things and drawing books since I was a little kid. About 8 years ago, I started selling my work, with the Chickenpants plush art dolls, which eventually turned into a love of cotton fabrics, which lead to art quilts and fabric art.
Currently, my only pet is a bright blue Betta fish named George. In the past, I’ve owned Pugs, bunnies, Sulcata Tortoises...it was great! One pug in particular, Topanga, was my muse for years.
I tend to fall in love with whatever the most recent thing I’ve made is. But, one piece that stands out in particular is an art quilt I made of Topanga to help me process the grief of her death, and to celebrate and remember her life. It helped! :)
I’m considering opening up slots for custom pet portraits, hopefully by November of this year. I’d really like to create personal animal art for people.
So, if you want a portrait contact Claire and get on her wait list now before she fills up. How awesome would it be to have your own little kiddo honored on a quilt?
You can find her at:
Instagram @Chickenpants "I spend way too much time talking to other animal lovers on Instagram."
If you have a poem, artwork, song, photo or other creative animal inspired art
that you have created and would like to share on our blog,
please email to (Mary@outlawkritters.com).