A Moseley Artist – Claire Griffiths aka Belles Petite

Wednesday, 14th March 2018

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Claire with her Mother Margaret Rose
Claire with her Mother Margaret Rose

This month B13 sat down for a cup of tea with Moseley based Claire Griffiths, whose dream-like artwork under the name of Belles Petite can be found in galleries throughout the UK.

Griffiths’ work, which is often described as being surreal and transcendent in its nature, is a combination of artistic mediums ranging from illustration to collage, used collaboratively to create ethereal pieces of artwork. Each piece of artwork combines free and natural elements, such as sketches of woodland animals, with the control of calligraphy, often delicately curated around blooming bouquets of flowers or elements of human anatomy.

Her artwork really began taking form after having studied fine art at Central Saint Martins over 10 years ago, and since then her style has gradually evolved. Upon graduation, her work was primarily focussed around creating art prints for clothing, an element which can be seen in her work today.

Perhaps one of the greatest inspirations for her taking on art professionally was her late mother Margaret Rose, who is now going to be at the centre of Claire Griffiths’ Because of You fundraising event being held this March at Zellig located in the Custard Factory, Birmingham.

The aim of the evening is not only to remember her mother through all that she loved, but also to raise money for Macmillan, a charity whose support made a real difference during her mother’s six-month battle with cancer.

So far, Claire has been “overwhelmed by how generous everyone has been”, not only through a range of donations for the raffle from the likes of local businesses such as La Plancha, Fighting Cocks, and Boutique Hair, but also others such as the Hippodrome Theatre who have donated theatre tickets, and the Mockingbird Cinema who have given four film tickets, too.

There will be the opportunity to win unique Belles Petite artwork, and also work by the likes of Chris Maude, Cass Art, and Graffiti painting. Those attending will have the opportunity to view and purchase limited edition prints created by Claire especially dedicated to her mother, and of which a percentage of profits will go towards Macmillan.

In organising this event, Griffiths has been able to devote herself to a great cause, and to remembering the importance of not only her own mother, but also others who have been lost to cancer.

The kindness with which everyone has responded is not only a testament to the goodwill of a community, but also to Claire’s open nature to all those who meet her. The plethora of donations, from raffle prizes to food and drinks for the event, show people’s willingness to lend a hand and show compassion at a time when someone most needs it, and all to help others at their time of need in the future.

If you would like more information about the event or would simply like to donate, further details can be found on www.artsbrum.com/belles-petite-charity-exhibition/