Righty then, I've stuck with cacoon-ing those little mass produced objects we're ever loosing, and always taking for granted. The sort of things my mother would say disappeared to the Narnia style world of the "Woodnits and Didnits" at the back of the kitchen's odds 'n' sods draw. (The creatures there steal singular socks, paper clips, pennies, pin tacks and the like).
Going round corners is tricky.
Even harder on shofter objects.
Got a bit of hair court in one, which adds further connotations to the possible narrative behind each object, which brings me back to viewing Colombian artist Doris Salcedo's elongated table at Tate Modern a few years back, the colouring is similar to Salcedo's select palette, and fusion of materials/objects, often rendering them useless.
Next up coloured thread, on coloured/patterned fabric, and framing some samples.
I started copying this design from a cross stitch I stumbled upon googling around this summer, but it's upsetting me to use up my favourite colour threads (very sad I know). Hence Bambi two's lack of body... I shall start searching for some replacement pink shrimp fluorescent yarn asap, frame this bugger and get it up on my wall.
I spotted this tin whilst walking back along Muswell Hill Broadway, on the way home from the gym with a family friend. He's quite a flamboyant, gregarious type originally from glasgow, our families met as neighbours, I'm now godmother to two of this lovely children. Him and his wife have a wonderful eye for the kitsch, cosy and eclectic. I'm really looking forward to spending Christmas round there's again this year.
This harks back to a project earlier this year, I think I'll carry on with.. cocooning everyday objects into the surface of the fabric, reminiscent of that feeling of thumbing a penny lost in the pocket lining of a coat.
At the Easter break I caught a few days in Lyme Regis and totally fell in love with the vintage (and faux vintage) shops they had their. The highlight was stumbling upon this wonderful establishment - The Mill Tea & Dining Room - we stopped to have morning tea and after seeing the electric collection of tea cups on display, returned that evening for one of the tastiest most satisfying meals I've ever had in a restaurant.
If your in the area The Mill Tea & Dining room is defiantly recommended (yes it is pricey but the experience is so worth it).
'Decommissioned Domestics' is the title of a new project I'm currently developing for our second year, 7-week self-directed. I hope to spend time in our ceramics & metals workshops, making work that explores themes of innate fragility related to family heirlooms and ceramic antiques, which become stripped of their primary function through an owners over sentimentality towards achieving them.
My friend was lucky enough to get a job this summer doing property maintenance for an estate agents, in the process of repairing and removing unwanted furniture and abandoned belongings from the houses, he came across some real gems. Lucky enough he's a generous bloke and let his mates sift through the detritus he saved from the skips. I got these vintage celebration cards... and the loan of the 20 seater dinning room table. Score.
This Christmas I rekindled a somewhat dormant passion for dressmaking, after doing a bit of a Gok with a sequined bolero from H&M and a beaded neck piece my mum had tucked away in her bits-draw. So, with the encouragement of a close friend, who I will refer to as the eBay queen, I'm going to make a kind of New Year's resolution to buy less from the highroad and haunt Brighton's vintage and charity shops more. I might even challenge my time with a few old Vogue patterns. But, first things first, I need a dressmakers dummy.
Based in London, I studied on what is now 'Design & Craft' at Brighton following a foundation at Central Saint Martins, London. Specialising predominantly in ceramics and visual research, experimenting with mixed media reflected a preference for working in 2D and rekindled a love for textiles.