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MOCA SHOP Talk: Claire DeVoe

November 20, 2017 // by Nan Kavanaugh

Claire DeVoe is one the recent makers from The Makery Jax to host a workshop in the MOCA SHOP during Art Walk. Founder of DeVoe Design, specializing vibrant hand-painted fabrics, transforming them into apparel, artwork and home goods. Claire shared a glimpse into her home studio and talked with us about her experience as a creative.

 

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Photo courtesy of Claire DeVoe

What is a typical day like in your studio?

I work from home. How do I work? I don't stop. I move from room to room depending on what needs to get done today. My husband and I have set up different rooms in our home studio to maximize efficiency in production mode, since we both run our own businesses from home. Staying organized is key. I have my sewing room, mixed media corner, and mono-printing station in the garage where my hand-painted fabrics are created.

Tell us a little bit about how you got into sewing?

My grandmother, a woman of paramount importance in my life, gifted her sewing machines to me.  I then reached out to a former high school teacher, Mres. Peggy Sadelfeld, for lessons. On the weekends, I would drive home to Naples, six hours each way for lessons. She was an amazing mentor who gave me the skill set I needed to make my dream a reality.

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Photo courtesy of Claire DeVoe

What inspires you?

I draw inspiration from my photography taken from all over the world during my travels. Also, the original Hawaiian lifestyle brand Jams World, as well as the brand Coogi. Some of my favorite artists are Anthony Rooney, Joe Puskas, Willem DeKooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauchenberg, Egon Schiele, Carlos Betancourt, Zio Ziegler, Richard Diebenkorn, Frank Stella ... the list goes on. I feel like every artist should keep one foot in the art history book, and one foot in the paint of their own work.

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Photo courtesy of Claire DeVoe

Stop by the MOCA SHOP to see shop of Claire's beautiful work, and to learn more visit devodesign.org

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