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.
Art transponder, June 2007, Berlin
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.
The Deptford Ballroom
Hidden in a small corner of South London is a intimate ballroom of splendid opulence where couples dance surrounded by ornate gold wallpapers under a ceiling filled with paper lampshades dripping with tassels and trimmings.
The Deptford Project, The London Design Festival, September 2008, London.
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
The Secret Garden of Mitcham
This mural was commissioned for Studio Weave’s One Mitcham Project. It features hybrid botanicals which were inspired by lavender, which was locally grown in the Mitcham area, ferns from Mitcham Common and wild grasses. Also included are English roses and cornflowers which in folklore were worn by young men in love. Pineapples in many cultures are traditionally the emblem of welcome and hospitality and have been incorporated into metal railings and gates in the United Kingdom for centuries. These were included as the location for many people is the entrance to the shopping area of Mitcham and should be a place of welcome. The botanical silhouettes are screen printed onto a bold pattern which references the area’s printing tradition. The project was funded by Outer London Fund 2013.
Tile Designs for Wayfinding System
3 Tile designs relating to the local history, people and architecture of the surrounding area of Stockwell Park in South London. Eight artists were given the brief which required designs to tessellate, be colourful and work well when grouped together. My themes were Victorian Motifs, The Windrush ship from Jamaica and Portuguese tiles. The tiles are part of the wayfinding signage for Stockwell Park and provide a visual identity for the area.
Partnership with Hat-Trick Design, BPTW Architects and Mesh Partnership, March 2010, Stockwell Park London.
The House of Bling Installation
This 50 metre elaborate carpet drawing was cut into the grass of the National Trust property, Tattershall Castle. The prominent shadows cast by the great tower of the castle as the sun passed over the inner ward captivated my imagination on my first visit. When the central lawn is viewed from above, the shadows cast give a sense of the grand architecture of the now solitary tower in the flat Lincolnshire landscape. The patterns were inspired by the decorative ornate forms which cover the ceramic and glass found in the excavation of the site. The ephemeral nature of cutting the patterns into the lawn has meant that the outlines appear and disappear leaving no trace of the detail and time invested in the slow cutting of the grass. The exhibition was curated by Jane Greenfield and Sue Crabtree.
The National Trust, August 2009, Lincolnshire England. Photographs by Julian Hughes
The Articulate Landscape
The Articulate Landscape project researched and questioned the social, cultural and historical resonances of the landscape. This design was commissioned by York Saint Johns University Creative Fellow, Jane Greenfield. Loosely referencing the idea of knot gardens and ornate landscapes, both features of historic houses and symbolic of an owner’s wealth, the detailed pattern is inspired by a traditional carpet design but transposed to the lawn. Delicate patterns were drawn and cut by hand over a period of five days and then left to grow out naturally, the pattern slowly disappearing until no trace is left. In some areas the grass grew back stronger than before resulting in the pattern becoming embossed into the grass. This work was developed for a landscape installation for the National Trust’s Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire.
York Saint Johns University, York, October 2008
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.