Thursday, 3 November 2011

Treasure Hunt

TB is very fond of maps, especially those leading to the 'Secret Treasure' or to Sleeping Beauty’s gilded castle. 
With this in mind I was very pleased, on our recent visit to London’s Affordable Art Fair, to encounter the most wonderful array of  maps, envelopes, sheet music and newspapers that I have ever had the good fortune of finding. But these were no ordinary artefacts for they were in fact  the wonderful   ‘re-workings’ of  talented artist, Jennifer Collier.

 Tucked away unceremoniously within one of the AAF gallery booths were a selection of  these framed intricately designed dresses, gloves, aprons and shoes (and even a telephone!), all fashioned from maps, letters, newspapers and sheet music.

By incorporating methods such as bonding, waxing, trapping and stitching, Miss Collier is able to produce
unusual paper 'fabrics' which can then be easily shaped without tearing or splitting. She describes the inspiration for her work as such:“The papers themselves serve as both the inspiration and the media for my work, with the narrative of the books and papers suggesting the forms”. 
Selling at around £250 a piece, the works are considerably reasonable for the showmanship and detail involved in their making. I am already planning on taking TB to Miss Collier's upcoming exhibition in Hereford....if only I could find a map!

Jennifer Collier

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