The wonderful people at Studio Weave asked me to design a print for the legs (!) of their installation in Aldgate at the gateway from the City of London to the Olympic Park. Intrigued to see what they were planning I couldn’t possibly say no !
‘Paleys Upon Pilers’ is an intricate timber palace perched on pillars that marks the site of Aldgate and commemorates its most distinguished resident, Geoffrey Chaucer. The timber pillars are decorated with printed patterns inspired by illuminated manuscripts. The 16 wood panels were not only printed by hand but were gilded with Dutch gold leaf and sealed which was a great new skill to learn. You can find more information about the project on Studio Weave’s website
Blue Tree, Redwoods Centre, Shelton Hospital
Blue Tree was installed in the new Redwoods Centre at Shelton Hospital in Shrewsbury. The design of the installation and printed patterns were developed from a series of consultation workshops which I ran with service users and staff at the hospital. The laser cut leaves were hand screen printed with gold foil to reflect the natural light in the Caradoc Building which specialises in services for older people. The tree was sculpted by Robin Crowley to fit into the curve of the lighting well which sits between the Holly and Oak wards.
The work was commissioned by the Arts for Health team, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare, NHS Foundation Trust with money raised from the Arts Council England.