Wow - that was a long day of several trips to move all my studio furniture, tools and materials to our new studio complex in Openshaw, Manchester. It's a massive school - moving from a post industrial building to post educational. Really pleased with my new space in an old staffroom, have my own little sink too :) There's lots to be done. I think we should take on their school rules!
Last night working @rogueartists_studios Chapeltown Mill tonight before I shift everything to our new studio complex at Varna St, a Victorian school tomorrow. We have 4 floors of studios in the main school, as well as a nursery school where will have our project space, spaces for creative businesses and rehearsal space for a dance group. We also have a house which we are planning to establish into an artist residency. Exciting times!
Diving into Thursday. This is a photograph is of Weston-Super-Mare's swimming and diving station launched in 1937, with this diving gala. The tallest board was 10 metres. The pool was demolished in 1982. The picture is in the book I'm reading 'The Thirties- An Intimate History' by Juliet Gardiner. The historian weaves a storytelling narrative of the months and years of the decade, outlining this period of change and uncertainty, financial depression, creative ambition, optimism and excitement.
The dreamy interior of @theraleighhotel Miami Beach. Out of all the interiors I accessed it was one of the best that had preserved its original fittings and features. I love that fabric curtain wall 💵🏊💛
Samples of my printed window film have arrived today all the way from Boskoop, Netherlands. Testing it out on our spare bedroom window, the print quality is excellent, but my colours need to be stronger. Exciting!
Thanks so much to @creativetourist and their Exhibitions Editor @sarajaspan for their lovely preview of This Building for Hope at The Midland Morecambe, 4th-22nd October 2017. Looking forward to it, but lots to do before then! 😉💪 Link to preview in bio
I've been looking through my photos and notes these past few days from my archival visits to the @wolfsonian I could of spent weeks there- but one thing I looked at in particular were examples from the archive of Ocean liner and Cruise liners. I am fascinated by the imagery and information about the interiors of the ships, and I am using it to partly inform a new work for the show at The Midland in October. Pictured is a detail of a promotional brochure for a cruise leaving from Port Everglades.
Thanks to @naburn for pointing me to the design of Japanese designer Kato Kogei via @randombangle of this plate called 'Progression'. I had never come across his 1980s futuristic design before - I love it! I have found a few more examples online of plates and cups- I am going to have to keep an eye out on ebay!
In 2015 I was honoured to be commissioned by Staffordshire University, to make work in response to research into Treblinka extermination camp, Poland by Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls. This work Arm(C)hair, alongside commissioned work by Dave Griffiths @janinegoldsworthy @michaelbranthwaiteart @hilaryjack_artist was exhibited alongside Caroline's research in an exhibition curated by Michael Branthwaite at Treblinka Museum, Poland (2015) and @wienerlibrary London (2016)
Dr Sturdy Colls and Michael Branthwaite have jointly authored a paper "This is Proof?" Forensic Evidence and Ambiguous Material Culture at Treblinka Extermination Camp, which discusses the artistic responses to Colls' archaological findings. To read the paper, click the link in the bio.
It's the last day to see This House for Building @thetetley @t_barandkitchen - work from my residency in their studio earlier this year. It's also the last day of their #TetleyWeekender of performance art, music, food and drink.
This House for Building explored the architectural history of The Tetley, and the wider period of art and design during the buildings construction in 1931, focusing particularly on printed textiles and wallpaper.
Pictured: Almost.... A hundred more years of progress, 2017, screen print digitally printed on silk, 60cm x 60cm, Edition of 25.
Feeling proud I managed to cycle to Urmston 💪 and back today via the magnificient Longford cinema, designed in 1936 by Henry Elder, apparently the first building in the UK to have neon lighting. It looks pretty locked up- does anyone know if it is in use? Might be of interest @samnightingale_99
I'm happy to share booking information (see link in bio) for my event Miami to Morecambe: Transatlantic Seaside Moderne on 8th October, at The Midland Hotel, Morecambe. I only released the event yesterday afternoon in my newsletter and its already booking up fast!
The afternoon event 12-5pm will include a historical tour of the hotel by Brian Jenkins, a symposium with presentations by myself, Dr Martin Zebracki (University of Leeds) and Dr David Jarratt (UCLan), followed by Q&A and discussion chaired by Elaine Speight (In Certain Places, UCLan), followed by Afternoon Tea. Full timings and further information is available in the link in bio. Booking is essential - places are limited. The event is fully wheelchair accessible.
We are also running a free bus from central Manchester - Morecambe, leaving at 10am, returning for 6.30pm. Places are limited so booking is essential. Sincere apologies but the bus does not have wheelchair access.
I have been busy editing photographs of my Miami research for a book I am working on to be launched this October. Pictured is the glorious plaster relief entrance detailing on the Congress Hotel on Ocean Drive, designed by Henry Hohauser in 1936. Nearly all of the 1930s buildings in the area have plaster relief details and this is one of the more elaborate, painted in several colours.