I am an artist/maker working on large scale wall hangings/tapestries and sculptural forms. I work from my studio in East Sussex using natural unspun fibres, predominately british wool, unspun silk and flax My work is inspired by natural forms, cellular microscopic structures, fragmentation, and colour. I use the ancient nomadic technique of wet felting, where the loose fibres are gradually bound together by water and agitation, and often incorporate 3D shapes to play with light and shadow.
Elizabeth Clayman grew up in South Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, spending her summers on Cape Cod. She received an MA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in English and Philosophy from Mount Holyoke College in New England and University College London. She currently lives and works in the UK.
She worked in archaeological museums and academic institutions in Philadelphia and at the Institute of Archaeology, London as an archeological illustrator drawing artifacts for books, journals, and publications. She then spent some years as a director and designer for a technology start-up producing designs for web-based media applications.
She works in a variety of mediums and her work is influenced by a range of diverse areas including cellular structures, natural forms, topography, fragmentation and patterns. As well as exhibiting in the UK and US, she is involved in cross-media artist collaborations and running workshops.