Claire Homewood (CareCreative) is a Cape Town born artist based in Muizenberg. She is inspired by wild nature and the importance of environmental concerns. Her projects are aligned with the values she cares about – resilience, participation, nurturing integrated, healthy environments & people. Care works between scientists, environmentalists, educators, researchers, and communities to create visual bridges and interactive platforms. She uses creativity to have conversations around important topics, co-designing and painting public murals.
Image by Verity Fitzgerald
CareCreative has been painting murals in public & private spaces for over a decade. Her paintings can be found in many locations around Cape Town. Her paintings often feature plant and animal life and have an educational aspect.
Care runs creative process which includes all members of diverse groups. These processes can be quick or extended over time. The longer the time and the more opportunities the group interacts, the stronger the experience and outcome. She uses creativity to facilitate conversation, interaction, co-design and artmaking. Participants do not need any previous creative experience. She focuses on methods that are easily accessible for all.
Care offers visual harvesting to organizations, companies, educational groups etc. She will observe workshops, meetings or conferences (online or in person) so as to harvest imagery & ideas. This material can result in illustrations or artworks that assist in reflecting the content back to the participants and beyond. A useful inclusion in report writing.
Care has illustrated for books, magazines, websites, clothing prints, tattoo designs and product design. She works in a range of styles and approaches each project with freshness and a keenness to develop something unique.
It’s important to use your creative voice to make a difference. Care has worked mainly with environmental issues but seeks to continue allowing her artworks to be platforms and points of discussion for topics around environment, education, social inclusion, youth, women, indigenous culture and community collaboration.
Over the years, she has been involved in many events, organizing street festivals, including live painting, HipHop elements, conscious event management and community activation.