Claire de Quénetain

MA work


Hubert de Givenchy once said, “I love houses!” His eyes sparkle, the momentum of his voice too. It is a cry from the heart. A lifelong passion which, like couture—since his childhood—holds the pleasure of light and shapes. The love for fabrics as for nature, the instinct of well-being and an irresistible appetite for life. “There is a similarity between the creation of a garment and the decoration of a house, planning a garden: choice of materials, colour's harmony, development of subtle details that are revealed gradually rather than immediately.“

Hubert de Givenchy creates a frame for what my work is about. He communicates his joy of creation that derives from the exploration of home decoration, garments and gardens. He associates the feeling of love for nature with fabrics, through the textures, colors and light. For him the creative process of a garment is similar to the composition of a house and a garden, animated by the discovery of details. My project entitled ‘Roomscapes’ is an echo of this approach.


  • Profile pictire
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2014


    Printed Textiles

  • My project entitled 'Roomscapes' aims to bring a natural environment into interiors. Inspired by French and English gardens, these environments are seen as a theatrical display of a landscape. I envisage to bring my fabrics, such as furnishing fabrics, wallpapers and clothes, to life inside living spaces. By creating movement, through bold, lively and fresh marks, I seek to construct an atmosphere full of exotic and ornamental elements. My practice is focused on creating compositions by using hand-painted, screen-printed and digital-printed techniques. The goal is for people to come home and become the character in a story and the creator of their own living space. I wish to create a specific environment, building a theatrical context into interiors.

  • Degrees

  • BA Fine Art, ECAL (University of the Arts and Design of Lausanne), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011; Foundation Course in Fine Art and Design, Les Ateliers de Sèvres, Paris, France, 2008; Diploma History of Art and Business of Art, Christie's Education, Paris, France, 2007
  • Experience

  • Art teacher, French School of London and Ealing Primary School, London, UK, 2012–2014
  • Exhibitions

  • Lunga Fashion Show, Seyðisfjörður, Island, 2012; One Shot One, Espace 21, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011; Le Vêtement, Sierre Castle, Switzerland, 2011; La ronde, la Placette Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2011; Gardening, Zwanzigquadratmeter Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2011
  • Awards

  • Scholarship, IKEA Foundation (Switzerland), 2012; Visart. Vaud Prize, Professional Association of the Visual Artists in Switzerland, 2011