Based in Margate, Clare makes automata and mechanical art from salvaged and discarded items collected from her local streets, and found objects washed up from the sea.
Clare’s QEST Scholarship allowed her to develop her work by being given the opportunity to study mechanical engineering, welding and electronics in more depth. With the additional knowledge she plans to make her mechanical structures and automata bigger and more complex, incorporating switches and sensors into her designs to make them multifaceted and interactive on many levels. Clare was also awarded funding to go on a study/research trip and to spend some time working alongside a UK based automata maker as a short term study apprenticeship. Since receiving her Scholarship, Clare has has produced several large scale public automata commissions, and is presently working on a large piece for the iconic Walkie Talkie building in Fenchurch Street, London.