Frills and Flounces (Part I), 2007
Self-adhesive vinyl on glass panels
Site specific commission for The Government Art Collection, UK. Department of Media, Culture and Sport
Frills and Flounces 2006-7 Laser cut vinyl Dimensions variable Commissioned by Government Art Collection for the DCMS building, London Budget : Fee £1000 plus travel expenses. The £10000 production and...
Frills and Flounces
Laser cut vinyl
Commissioned by Government Art Collection for the DCMS building, London
Budget : Fee £1000 plus travel expenses. The £10000 production and installation costs were handled separately by the commissioner.
Frills and flounces was commissioned as part of the refurbishment of the DCMS building in London. The brief was to create a work for the glass walls of the meeting rooms, to create a sense of privacy for the meeting rooms themselves while at the same time forming a backdrop for the open plan office.
At the time of the commission I had been producing a number of works exploring the history and heritage of lace. The work drew on the extensive research material I had gathered as part of my research into lace, and involved transcribing and then enlarging a series of traditional Bedfordshire lace patterns that were held in the Cowper and Newton Museum, near Milton Keynes. The patterns took the form of ‘prickings’ the templates used in the production of hand made bobbin lace, the dots and dashes that created the intricate patterns were cut into semi opaque vinyl, alluding to traditional decorative etched glass windows.
The final installation, exists as a contemporary ‘net curtain’ that wrapped around the surfaces of the glass.
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