Having trained as a radiographer as well as in Zoology before studying printmaking, my subject matter tends to show my scientific background but this can change at any time. I am married to David Wratt, a Scientist at NIWA and inspired by his work on climate change, I am currently working on a series of quilts depicting the weather and climate change issues.
A quilt of mine was exhibited in Quilt National ‘97 and two quilts were published in Fiberarts Design Book 6 and one quilt in Fiberarts Design Book 7. I was also selected for the book ‘Crafted by Design’ published in 2005 by Random House.
I am a trained teacher and have an Advanced Diploma in Visual Arts specialising in Printmaking (on paper and fabric) and a Certificate in Desktop Publishing from Whitireia Polytechnic in Porirua, New Zealand. On weekdays I teach First Aid for the New Zealand Red Cross.
I began teaching adult education classes in surface design, applique and Japanese bookmaking at the beginning of1998 . I teach adult education classes for quilt guilds and arts groups across New Zealand and Australia. I have taught at New Zealand Quilt Symposia since 1999 and at the 2004 Quilt Festival in South Africa and Quilt Encounter in Adelaide in July 2007.
Clare has a blog about her work at claresmith.blogspot.com
Bachelor of Science 1985 Victoria University, Wellington.
Dip.Ed (Primary) 1993, Wellington College of Education.
Diploma of the College of Radiographers (London) 1981.
Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts, Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Porirua 2000.
2009 A Change in the Weather, Minerva Gallery, Wellington. June 09
2006 Notions – 5 textile artists. Taia Gallery, Kilbirnie – Sept 20 – Oct 15.
2006 Quiltessence, Fairfield Gallery, May-June 2006, Sydney.
2006 Down Under Expositie 20 - 31 May 2006, Borger, Holland.
2005 Quilts for the Daughters of Eve. Solo exhibition. Te Tuhi – The Mark, Auckland.
2004 Detours and Diversions. Clare Smith and Dijanne Cevaal, Northart gallery, Auckland.
2003 Clare Vision, Clare Smith and Clare Plug, Pataka.
2003 Cloth and Clay, Quilts and Pots by Clare and Margery Smith, Taia Textile Gallery.
2003 Guest Exhibitor, Whakatane, New Zealand.
1997 Solo show, Australian Quilt and Craft Festival, Melbourne.