Instinct Chair for counterpArt Lytham

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Commissioned by counterpArt Lytham as part of Lytham Festival 2016.

Created in collaboration with artist and printmaker Jacqui Symons and reflecting their shared interest in entomology and concern regarding the decline in insect species worldwide. The instinct chair celebrates the diverse beauty of these creatures and encourages the viewer to see these ecologically vital creatures in a new way.

By re-imagining insects as a chair the piece explores the structural beauty of the insect form and their unimaginable variety of shapes, inviting the audience to encounter these creatures in a new way.

The piece plays also against instinctual reactions to creepy crawlies (of disgust or unease perhaps mixed with fascination) and touches on the uncanny through use of scale and the re-purposing of the familiar everyday object of a chair in combination with the unfamiliar yet also everyday life-form the insect.

We hope the audience will look closely at the printed fabric, which shows 100 species in detail and perhaps take a seat amongst them.

The chair is being exhibitied at Lytham Heritage Centre until August 14th 2016.

Please note: None of the insects included pose a threat to the viewer and no insects were harmed in the making of this piece.

The artists are currently working on a series of ‘altered chairs’ and pieces can be purchased and commissioned from them.


Tatters to Treasure – 2013

Art bikes, Creative Engagement, Parade artworks

A creative engagement project working with young offenders to create an art bike parade coach for The Ashton Lantern Parade and a pantomime prop coach for the Cinderella touring production.

Full project details at Tatters to Treasure.

Wooden mosaics for school

Creative Engagement

Creative engagement project making a series of Wooden Mosaics linked to a commission to make a bench for a new build school from timbers reclaimed from the demolished old school building.

Furniture that was being removed from the old school was converted into tiles and pupils from the school worked to make mosaics to display in the new school and create links between the old and new buildings. The workshops were themed on recycling and reusing materials and the a seasons in nature theme chosen by the groups.