Vision Statement

I am curious about the natural world, and I use that curiosity to inspire my art, design and teaching. I get excited about plants, fungi and creatures of all kinds and I am on a personal mission to decipher the ways they communicate and to share my findings with you!

The dream is to help plant many edible forests around the world! 

A little more about me…

I have co-facilitated courses and workshops for business organisations, arts projects and workshops in schools as well as working as a compere within the alternative London cabaret scene. I am drawn to learning environments that allow us to understand nature as our teacher. My earliest experience of teaching Permaculture was being approached by a business group to run a course for an urban, sustainability-oriented community group. It focused on the social aspect of applying the wisdom found in nature to human ecosystems.

I am fascinated by biomimicry and artworks inspired by nature’s sacred design. Natural installations have been an ongoing interest of mine as they inspire an innate fascination with the spectacle of nature.

In 2012, I co-created Biomodd London, where technology (in the shape of e-waste) meets with plants to create hybrid living computers. Plants are inserted in and around the electronics. Through gaming, the stunning sculptures demonstrate the potential for a meaningful relationship between these seemingly opposing worlds. It now exists in the capital as an open source, experimental art project.

I curated and co-led a multidisciplinary team, and we presented a thought provoking installation at TEDx London City 2.0 in December 2013. It was an experiment on plant intelligence, communication and sentience. My goal with the project was to ensure that all the scientific data and knowledge was delivered in an engaging way, where a 5 year old and a 95 year old left feeling stimulated and having learned something new. With a six week deadline and no budget it was both a great success and one of the best days of my life!

Testimonials

  • Claude is a multidisciplinary force of nature!

    Angelo Vermeulen – Biomodd Founder, Artist and Space Researcher

  • Claude’s Mr. McGregor’s Garden was admired by all!

    Penguin Random House

  • “Claude is a pleasure to work with, a man dedicated to plants, education and beauty.

    Deborah Armstrong – Founder of Strong & Co