Claire Renaut, a fiber/textile artist, is recognized for her work of spinning newspaper into yarn and intricate textile pieces. "Common materials are great materials, the transformation potential are endless". "The newspaper is almost unrecognizable after it has been spun".
Formally trained at ESMOD in Paris, Philadelphia University's Master's in Textile, and Kyoto's Kawashima school of Textile, Renaut has extended on the traditional Japanese Shifu technique of spinning thinly cut paper into thread. She then knit, wrap or weave the yarn.
Her pieces build on the individual places and narratives of a specific day's news -- from the cover of the New York Times the day after September 11, 2001 to name one example -- and create pieces dense with meaning and places.
Some of Claire Renaut's work has been influenced by her French-German upbringing which brought a lifelong questioning on what immigration and adaptation means.
In a time of great technology change, she takes pleasure in using hands-on traditional methods.