Welcome to 'Life in patches'



HORSHAM ART TRAIL 2021 - the first two weekends in July. See Horshamartists.com for details.

From a young age I have made things, enjoying a wide variety of materials and techniques. In recent years I have focused on pen-and-paint drawings and on textiles. Wondering if I could achieve a paint-like effect with fabrics led to a new passion; playing with colour intensities gave an exciting abstract effect. This in turn led to Patchwork Portraits, which led to making House Portraits which is absolutely the most enjoyable thing to do….
….which is just as well as these things take hours to complete. And this time factor means it is hard to put a price on my work. In combination with a health dip a few years ago I decided rather than try to get rich through Art, I would donate any proceeds to a charity I feel strongly about. This year any profits will go for mesothelioma (asbestos cancer) research.

I would be delighted to design your house (or car, or dog!) in fabrics; please get in touch via the 'contact me' page, or email Esthervanoostrum [at] aol.com. In the meantime, enjoy browsing this website!

With many thanks for your interest,

Esther Clark – van Oostrum

Previous charities I have supported are Cancer Research UK and the innovative charity Medical Detection Dogs. There has been anecdotal evidence for many years that dogs can identify the smell of disease, something for which there is now hard evidence. MDD works with this incredible ability to discover, amongst other things, what it is that dogs smell with a view to develop a simple but reliable test to help diagnose cancer. This past year dogs have been involved in exciting work on covid.