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.
Meta Table Setting
A 20 meter drawing transforming the Millennium Galleries busiest public space. The installation depicts an eccentric set of cutlery creations inspired by Museum Sheffield metalwork collection. The enormous floor prints were each constructed from screen printed flocked sandpaper, hand cut into the illustration. Regimented lines of historic cutlery evolve and progressively fuse together to create a pattern of cutlery hybrids, which visitors could explore with their feet. The lift of the Millennium Gallery also had the cutlery design in vinyl around the glass sides along with scratch card silver wallpaper depicting outlines of Sheffield metal hallmarks. Here travellers were invited to scratch their own initials into the hallmarks creating marks of their own.
Sugar Dance Out of the Ordinary : Spectacular Craft,
The floor is the most touched surface, in both interior and exterior space, but also it can be the most overlooked and often least inspiring of surfaces. In exploring surface pattern and texture, I hope to challenge the physical nature of flooring as space: questioning where it begins and ends. Traditional decoration, such as skirting boards and dado rails de-lineate wall from floor, they anchor the floor and, in a sense, ‘hold it down’. My aim is to liberate flooring from this weight, and give it a different life.
To date, there have been Sugar Dances in London, Berlin and Lithuania. Each floor has been created in response to the particular qualities of the location. For Textile 07, the Lithuanian Textile Biennale, I was inspired by the patterns of traditional Lithuanian weaves and for Late at the V&A, I worked with both the museum’s textile archive and the detail in the stonework of its Raphael Gallery.
The potential to alter things through intervention reminds me that space is always being remade and refigured, that we are all capable of leaving marks and traces, even though mostly they remain ‘undiscovered’. My work records and reveals these traces: it gives life and recognition to activities often unnoticed and confirms that everything is ultimately changeable. V&A, January 2008, London Photography by George Torode
Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design at The Museum of Arts and Design (“MAD”) New York
As an extension of the Swept Away exhibition at MAD in New York, there were a series of “live” installations occurring during the exhibition which allowed the audiences to experience and interact with artists and their site-specific installations made of ash, dust, sand, and dirt. I installed a chalk installation in the main gallery based on the cities emblematic flower and the iconic architecture of the building.
Crafts Magazine Sugar Dance
Sugar Dance Floor commissioned for the front cover of Crafts magazine.
Sugar Floor Installation, Textile 07
Starting Points Installation
Site specific spinning Zoetropes designed for the staircase in the Siobhan Davis Dance Studios London. A series of 3 zoetropes were suspended in the staircase of the building which visitors could spin to watch the dancing animation of patterns digitally printed within the drum. This group exhibition was curated by 60/40 (Clare Twomey, Tracey Rowledge and David Clarke) Starting Points VIDEO
Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, July 2010, London.
Magnetic doodle wallpaper was designed for the solo exhibition Monsters in Paradise Robots in Disguise and was also shown at Designers Block London.
Creative 8, Clerkenwell Green Association, May 2007. Designers Block, London Design Festival, September 2007. Photographs George Torode
Warp Factor Exhibition
A series of flocked carpets based on traditional Japanese folding mats. The Textiles Futures Warp Factor Exhibition was exhibited in the Tokyo Design Centre and in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. This show celebrates the innovation and future thinking of textiles researchers and designers from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Presenting textiles of tomorrow the exhibition and accompanying catalogue explore potential solutions to aspects of some of the key agendas facing us all, such as Sustainability; Conservation and Visualisation and the re-wiring and re-branding of craft traditions.
Exempla Living Studio
Screen printing studio moved from London to Munich for one week to take part in Exempla International Trade Fair ‘Living Workshops’. Screen printing wallpaper onto a seven metre print table provided an opportunity to get feedback from the public, while simultaneously demonstrating the complex process of designing and making hand printed wallpaper.