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Claire Tchaikowski

A great big passionate melting pot

Hello, it's nice to meet you.

 

I'm Swiss, Irish, Polish & British, born in 

Switzerland. I now live in Bristol UK with my Soulmate and our young son, via Paris, Florence, Dublin, Belfast and London.

I'm also the Founder & CEO of Human Milk CIC, a non-profit that supports parents & infants globally.

The world is a small and precious place. Let's work together.

Constantly exploring the pull between my own innate sensuality, intellectual curiosity, my voice and whole body's natural desire for expression, and the rules most women are brought up to believe - involving shame and playing small, whilst also telling men that we exist for them to play with - since I stormed into an H&M age 12 to have a rant about a huge billboard of a young woman in a bikini. I love H&M by the way. This felt personal.

 

There is a fundamental difference between women expressing and enjoying our own sensuality freely, knowing, owning and fulfilling the many facets and functions of our own minds and bodies, and commercial and social use of us as sexually charged commodities that feeds us (and indeed relies on us believing) constant messaging that we are not enough. The former is still a passion today, and the latter still pisses me off.

I'm full of gratitude towards women like Madonna and Beyoncé and many more who have exploded the rules on how a woman is supposed to show up to be acceptable. Tori Amos, Liz Fraser and Lisa Gerrard taught me that you don't have to use your voice like everyone else if that's not what your voice wants to do.

 

My passion finds expression through music and more recently through Human Milk (though these, and this website, are my personal thoughts)I was also an Artist's model for 20 years. Sculpture, drawing, painting, photography... I modelled in London, Paris and Switzerland for Sir Peter Blake, Anna NightingalePrince Michael of Kent at Kensington Palace, François Berthoud, Judith Brenner and many more. I modelled for a sculpture of Degas ballet dancers commissioned by the Sultan of Brunei when I was 17, did the odd fashion shoot, and was Sharon Stone's body double for one of her movies.

 

I loved it, witnessed some great Artists at work, and am proud of it all. I also get to watch incredible musicians, producers and mix engineers at work too. Being around so many different Artists using so many different mediums and looking for the deepest possible expression of what they have inside has always been inspiring, possibly the most exciting thing, intellectually, artistically and spiritually.

I constantly get to learn and delve deeper into my own relationship to my Art, my beliefs, my voice, my body... slowly letting go of learned shame and fear.

 

I worked for many years too as a film and TV extra and as a body double for a Hollywood A lister. I got to work on The King's Speech, V for Vendetta, Basic Instinct II, The Virgin Queen, on Extras with Ricky Gervais (the most fun of all!), and on endless TV productions from Holby City to Foyle's War, Eastenders to Hex, to Shakespeare Retold with Damian Lewis.

 

It paid the bills whilst I was working on my album, and became an invaluable accidental apprenticeship in teamwork,  film making and story telling.

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Catalogue photoshoot, sketch by Anna Nightingale and private collection photoshoot, London.

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