Claire Heminsley studied textiles at the Glasgow School of Art. She set up INCAHOOTS over 30 years ago and expanded her work to include illustration. During this time she has worked on a huge number of commissions, exhibitions and projects. Claire works with a broad range of media and consequently has a diverse output, from detailed scraperboard prints to more experimental sculptural and mixed media pieces for exhibition. Regardless of the materials used her work is a blend of line- whether cut, stitched, drawn or written, layers and gentle humour.
Drawing is at the centre of all her work; She doesn’t work with any specific technique but prefers to use a variety of media to express her ideas and concerns. Although it is not always obvious a narrative is always there, this is, as a consequence of being curious about people, their stories and the connections we all have.
Past clients include The Glasshouse hotel, Edinburgh; Woodmansterne Publications Ltd; Gleneagles health spa, Gleneagles; House for an Art lover Glasgow; Church of Scotland; British Airways; Royal Society of Architects Scotland; BBC Scotland.
Teaching, mentoring, talks and organising
For over 30 years Claire has taught design, textiles and illustration in further and higher education and for workshops throughout Scotland. Her practice feeds into her teaching and vice versa providing a perfect combination. Through her work she has been invited to give talks and lectures at events, colleges and schools throughout the UK. She is also a trained mentor and works on a one to one basis with artists and designers.
Off the Rails Arthouse is a Community Art space on Platform 2 at Ladybank Station, Fife, Claire is part of the voluntary team responsible for organising classes, workshops, masterclasses, summer schools, exhibitions and concerts. Click here to go to Off the Railes Arthouse at Ladybank Station
Letham nights ‘The best small gigs in the world’. Another bit of organising. This time it is all about music, dancing, providing a top notch bar called ‘The Clap and Tipple’ and meeting brilliant, talented people from near and far. Click here to go to Letham nights