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Claire Brake



I am a surface pattern designer based in Dorset.


I graduated with a BA HONS in fashion and textile design from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication.  After a 10 year career as manager of the Paul & Joe  UK franchise I decided to leave the hustle of London behind, and with my dog Pandora relocated to Dorset where the urge to be creative again inspired the launch of Emse & Esme.


I began by designing a collection of scarves, that's now evolved to include other accessories using different printing methods; digital, screen and vinyl printing.



My design process


I work in my studio/library surrounded floor to ceiling with books, overlooking my beloved flower filled garden.


My designs always start with a drawing, usually a black ink drawing or a sharpie sketch, I then scan the original image into my computer and develop the design.


I have a passion for colour, pattern and quirky prints.  I can't pinpoint what inspires me, anything and everything does.  Ideas often come to me when I'm walking my dog, and am surrounded by nature. I use my camera daily to capture colour ways that inspire me and natural forms.  


I don't believe pattern should be trend led, good pattern design is timeless



Commissions and licensing


I am available for commissions or if you would like to discuss licensing my patterns please get in touch, I would love to hear from you.