Hermione Carline was born in Hampstead to a family of artists. She grew up in such an inspiring atmosphere that she decided to study Painting at Camberwell School of Art and then Textile Design at the Royal College of Art. Since finishing school, she worked as a textile designer, firstly in Switzerland and then in London. She co-founded a textile design studio called The Collection, and her designs were sold throughout Europe, Japan and the USA, including clients such as Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, and Ralph Lauren. Hermione continued working in the fashion industry until 1995, and returned to Fine Art in 2004 when she founded a studio teaching art to adults and children.
"Some of the influences on my work are more tangible than others. Travel has played an important part. Much of my recent work has been inspired by travel including two trips to Japan in 2013 and 2016. My interiors paintings reference Shoji screens and ancient architecture, but I'm also interested in the fragility and delicacy of antique fabrics, samplers and textile fragments. It relates to my recognition of Nature's transience with its cycle of creation and decay. Like a perfume where the complex blend of ingredients linger long after the nebulous top notes have evaporated, my work comprises many layers. I am drawn to the patina of old wood, or shifting patterns in the sand and I return again and again to explore the beauty I perceive in impermanence and imperfection. It is the intangible that excites me.
My work has never taken a conventional route. I am excited by art in all its different forms and by what art can be. I now make use of a wide variety of media, bringing strands of different elements of my life together. Early memories, current experiences with friends and family, places I've visited and a continuing interest in design and interiors all form the inspiration for my ongoing work as an artist".
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