About






Clara is a recent Textile Design graduate, specializing in Print. She has studied Costume & Set Design in her hometown, Lisbon, and lived for five months in India, traveling and learning about textiles at the National Institute of Design, as part of an exchange programme.
Through an all-encompassing approach of materials and techniques that extends beyond Textile Design - from painting to screen print, to building three-dimensional objects -, Clara is interested in creating ­visual ­narratives of her subconscious mind, identity and Portuguese folklore. Her subjects are born from personal experiences, books and family stories.
Clara has been nominated through TexSelect to display her work at Première Vision, in Paris (2019). Other upcoming projects include an artist residency in Denmark (2019).
She was recently awarded the Clothworkers’ Company Printed Textile Design Prize at New Designers (London, 2019).



Education


2019

BA  Design for Textiles (Print) with Honours of the First Class
Heriot-Watt University (Scotland, UK)

2018

Textile Design (Semester abroad)
National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad, India)


2014

Costume and Set Design
António Arroio Artistic School (Lisbon, Portugal)


Exhibitions


2019

Bienal da Fábrica - Group show (upcoming)

(Lisbon)

2019

TexSelect at Première Vision 

(Paris)

2019

TexSelect Preview 
(Chelsea)

2019

New Designers
(London)


2016

Palavra de Sardinha
(Millennium Gallery, Lisbon)


Residencies


2019

8B Kunstkollektivet 
(Denmark)


Awards


2019

The Clothworkers’ Company Printed Textile Design Prize
(New Designers, London)

2019

Watt Club & Dr. Oliver Medals
(Heriot-Watt University, Scotland)


2019

Shortlisted for the Worshipful Company of Dyers - Colour Prize
(Heriot-Watt University, Scotland)

2017

University Prize for the academic session 2016/17
(Heriot-Watt University, Scotland)

2017

Ede & Ravenscroft Prize for the academic session 2016/17 (Heriot-Watt University, Scotland)

2016

Sardine Illustration International Competition + Exhibition at Fundação Millenium BCP
EGEAC (Lisbon, Portugal)

2016 

3rd Prize - A knitted fabric which shows creative potential
(Bradford Textile Society

2016

Commendation - A printed textile design which shows creative potential Bradford Textile Society 


Press


http://www.texselect.org.uk/designers/clara-leitao/
http://festasdelisboa.com/sardinhas/
https://teran.community/2019/04/24/is-it-is-it-not-clara-leitao/




Photo: Ailsa Watson






Mark
All images and designs are copyright  © 2019 Clara Leitão and may not be reproduced