'Greenlight' at Design Junction

'Greenlight' at Design Junction

For Design Junction 2018, Design Nation created a major new showcase for their designer members, presented in the raw interiors of the Bargehouse at Oxo Tower. The team collaborated with product designer Raw Studio, furniture maker Jonathan Rose and textile innovator Joy Merron, to develop “Green Light” a special installation of contemporary products for interiors that explore lighting and furniture, unusual, recycled and sustainable materials.

As part of the showcase, I exhibited a new statement piece, in an extension from my previous work, that focused on utilising plastic waste products of industry. My aim was to create an impactful artwork that can transform the sense of an environment through its texture and scale, whilst conveying a deeper meaning about consumer waste.

http://designnationshowcase.co.uk/london-design-festival

In Another Place

In Another Place

In Another Place was a collaboration between the Contemporary Visual Arts Network East Midlands and ten venues, bringing new art to new audiences. 10 regional organisations invited visual artists to present original artworks on advertising billboards in a range of locations for 6 weeks. 

I was invited to produce artwork to represent the organisation UK Young Artists in a precursor to artwork I will produce next year in Nottingham: City Takeover. UKYA will 'takeover' Nottingham to present work from 200 national and international artists in a programme of exhibitions and events. UKYA currently have an Open Call submission for this event, that can be accessed by their website http://www.ukyoungartists.co.uk/c4e-notts19/

My billboard artwork (pictured above), Pineapple NCM 1891-54, is all about making connections between the billboard site as it once existed and how it now exists. The idea developed after seeing Nottingham City Museum and Galleries’ Lace Archive, taking the initial starting point of Nottingham’s lace industry. It was important to me that the artwork for the billboard responded to the site to resonate with the audience. ‘NCM 1891-54’ was an item uncovered from the archive, a beautifully intricate black lace cape which used a pineapple as inspiration for the pattern. This referenced the site as it now exists, with a fruit market on the corner of the intersection where the billboard is located. This led my investigations, combining everyday materials, like fruit nets, with intricate needle lace techniques to create a hand-crafted design influenced by the original item.

Alongside the artworks, each artist developed wrap-around activities to engage new audiences with the project. I delivered a presentation to University students from Nottingham Trent, University of Derby and DeMontfort University mapping out my own journey post-study to life as a self-employed maker, sharing the lessons I have learned along the way, and delivered a drop-in workshop teaching needle-lace skills followed by a visit to the billboard site. My presentation to University students was recorded live and can be accessed via this link http://cvaneastmidlands.co.uk/in-another-place-reaches-new-audiences/

Is it useful?

Is it useful?

Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford

www.unittwelve.co.uk  

On until 1st September (opened 26th April)

Open Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm

Is It Useful? showcases a collection of beautifully handcrafted, intellectually conceptual objects. Each object feels familiar yet can prove challenging to interpret. This exhibition highlights objects which can be valued through their lack of function, simply because they speak for what they are.

I co-curated this exhibition alongside Artist and Gallery Owner Jennifer Collier.

One Year On

One Year On

Legacy

Legacy

Legacy....

Cultivated: Part II

Cultivated Part II...

Bristle

Bristle....