Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Sonic Wallpapers: Decorating with Sound

What would it be like if we could decorate our walls with sound?  Listen to sonic artist Felicity Ford talking about her new project Sonic Wallpaper, which looks at wallpapers from MoDA's collections.

Wallpaper, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, photographed by Felicity Ford

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Introducing "Sonic Wallpaper"

This winter artist Felicity Ford will be drawing on the MoDA wallpaper collection for inspiration for a new project. Sonic Wallpaper explores wallpaper from auditory and social perspectives, asking what would it be like if we decorated our homes with sounds?

Wallpaper, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, photographed by Felicity Ford
Felicity brings a refreshing new perspective by thinking about the sounds suggested or auditory memories prompted by something as familiar as wallpaper.  We've commissioned her to take a look at a selection of wallpapers from our collections, and she'll be creating sound pieces to accompany some of them.

Wallpaper, Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture, photographed by Felicity Ford
Felicity's experimenting with a website called Pinterest which lets you collect images that inspire you on to a virtual pinboard.  And she'll be making use of Audioboo and Twitter to share her ideas and gather your responses.  Watch (or listen to) this space for more details as the project develops.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

MoDA's Award Winner goes global

Kerry Howley, winner of MoDA's Arthur Silver Award 2011, continues to enjoy considerable success with her amazing jewellery series of necklaces made from recycled human hair.

Kerry was awarded a first class honours degree in BA. Jewellery by Middlesex University this summer. In June her necklaces were featured in an article in the Daily Telegraph. This and other press coverage helped contribute to a massive interest in Kerry's work resulting in 1.75 million 'hits' on her website a month after its launch. Her jewellery was spotted by Sagmeister, a New York design company, who commissioned Kerry to design a poster for an exhibition to be shown at the Louvre in Paris from October. Kerry was also chosen by Craft magazine as one of their six favourite graduates of the year with an article due to feature in their September/October edition.

Kerry's success story continues. One of her pieces is currently in New York being filmed for a programme on the Discovery channel. Her other pieces were recently on show at the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford. She is currently awaiting confirmation from the Museum of Art & Design in New York that they are going to show her work as part of an exhibition that is due to run from January - May 2012.

'It has been so overwhelming', commented Kerry. 'I would like to take some time to think about what I want to do next.

At MoDA we felt privileged that Kerry was able to spare some time in her busy schedule to drop into the new MoDA Collections Centre this week. Furthermore she has provided us with her necklaces so that we can show them as part of a display of the Arthur Silver Award 2011 in the Sheppard Library located on the Hendon campus of Middlesex University. The display will run throughout the month of October.

'The collections at MoDA were so inspirational in the design of the necklaces', Kerry commented. 'The first time around I only touched the tip of the iceberg - there is still so much more to see!'

Kerry has already made an appointment for another visit to MoDA for next month. I am looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next!