Stories Under Stones Claire Simpson

Claire Simpson

“Photographs, prints and imagery inspired by the natural world and stories found there…”

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About Stories Under Stones Claire Simpson

Stories Under Stones Claire Simpson

I love to explore connections with nature through photography, print, textiles and a host of other materials; I run lots of projects in schools and many other settings and balance this with wondering woodland at dawn with my camera and sketch book...

My work is driven and inspired by a life long love and explorations of the natural world – a connection to nature, natural resources and the land feeds into all projects I work on. I’m interested in exploring the relationship between people and places, looking at landscapes and buildings and the stories and histories associated with them.

I’m fascinated by tales, words and narratives – real and imagined – and the shadows and traces left on journeys made by humans and other creatures. I work with photography, print, old books and text, found objects, natural materials and fabrics – combining and layering together images, words, textures and thoughts.

I’ve worked on many commissions, exhibitions and installations all over the UK and abroad and very recently was artist in residence in Koli National Park in North Karelia, Finland. I’ve also recently exhibited as part of Belper Arts Trail, Often Festival, Melbourne Arts Festival, Sherwood Art Week and several other regional events and festivals. I’ve been working with Scarthin Books in Cromford with my fellow artist Katy Doncaster to create installations in the Art Room and the Children’s Book Room.

I’m committed to working collaboratively and for over 26 years I have worked extensively on projects with children in schools and other settings. I’ve worked all over the UK and abroad on a whole host of artists’ residencies and projects with many different organisations.

I did a degree in Fine Arts / Inter Arts at Bretton Hall (in the grounds of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park) many years ago and have been working as an artist / project facilitator ever since. I’m deeply inspired by the ethos of the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy and have attended in-depth study visits there. I trained to be a Forest School Leader about 9 years ago and really adore how this practice sits alongside my work as an artist. I’m frequently to be found in the woods at dawn photographing the light through the trees or tending my own wildlife friendly garden in Derbyshire.