Claude & Leighton® is an online print and poster gallery, offering contemporary designer art prints, posters, wall sculptures and wall clocks, lovingly created and delivered to you by husband and wife team Laurent Stadelmann and Jayne Leighton Herd.
Why create Claude & Leighton?
As with most professional artists, there is a recognisable style across her work.
But behind the scenes, Jayne enjoys painting in many other styles and mediums. With her background in graphic design, she also loves creating digital art, and designing for sheer delight.
While Jayne is the creative force in the partnership, French-born Laurent is the business mind, who drives the business and makes things happen fast and smoothly. He strongly felt that Jayne's other creative expression and skills deserved an outlet.
Additionally, they were both aware that original art, including Jayne's, isn't always accessible to everyone. Yet, everyone deserves to have beautiful art on their walls. A way to express their personality. Artwork to enjoy, which enhances homes and offices.
So they decided to create Claude & Leighton.
What does Claude & Leighton offer its customers?
Hmmm, let's see: style, expression, a smile of delight, a grin of humour, a burst of pleasure, wow moments, personality, a touch of French chic, a perfect finishing touch to a special space...
Oh, and a proud "made in Britain" virtual stamp across all elements of our high quality products.
Artwork which is created, executed and delivered with love and care.
Art prints, posters, wall decor, art, and design pieces in a variety of styles, colours, themes. Some on trend, some quirky. Some modern, some introspective.
With years of experience of working with colour, design and art, Jayne likes to keep on top of design, style and colour trends, particularly in interior design and graphic design.
So, Claude & Leighton invites you to join it on its arty journey delivering beautifully printed art, carefully framed, packaged with love, and sent with the hope that you will be thrilled.
Where does the name Claude & Leighton come from?
Growing up, Jayne and Laurent both had strong creative role models in their lives. In both cases, family members who inspired them creatively and motivated them with their entrepreneurial spirits and work ethics.
In Jayne's case, it was her beloved mum, Leigh, who encouraged her creative development at an early age, starting with the seemingly endless funding of art materials and craft kits. Hours of working together on arty projects and creations throughout Jayne's childhood. Even writing and illustrating stories together. Jayne was also fascinated by Leigh's early career in performing arts, as a professional dancer, and would spend hours poring over Leigh's career photo album. An album full of photos of her beautiful mother in stunning costumes; meeting, dining and working with well-known people of the era; programs for amazing theatre shows and films. While Jayne chose a path to visual arts, rather than performing arts, she has no doubt that her mum was a huge influence on her creative development.
For Laurent, it was his uncle, Jean-Claude. A master of confectionery creations, mouthwatering and beautiful French patisserie, Jean-Claude was driven to work with his passion. During his childhood Laurent watched his uncle work hard to follow his chosen path as a chef, with his desire to ultimately set-up his own bakery. Jean-Claude was a bon-vivant and raconteur, much loved by his family. An influence on Laurent's life and work ethic.
So the name Claude & Leighton is formed from parts of Jayne and Laurent's own names, and also honours two people who live on in their hearts.