Claire Bartleman is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in textiles. Her practice involves collecting abandoned textile-based crafts projects and recontextualizing them within the contemporary art world. Finishing the cast-off crafts started as a means to uncover, display and celebrate the many abandoned projects that sit in crafter’s closets, such as the knitted sock that never got its partner, the baby hat that wasn’t made in time, the sweater that didn’t get sewn together. She is particularly interested in the sentimental objects that people keep. Claire was raised in Montreal, Quebec where she graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a BFA in Art History (2007) and followed with a BFA in Drawing and Painting at the OCAD University. She recently completed her MFA at Western University.