Two pieces of work done specifically for the exhibition Brummagem: Lost City Found. These pieces were based on the buildings known as Savoy Buildings, Hill St, Birmingham. This building is home to Grosvenor Casino, a nightclub and a pub, The Railway.
I wanted to create texture within these pieces. I was inspired by the tiling that features both on the front and the side of this building. The shape of the windows was also a point of interest. To create the pieces I designed a framework similar to Binca that is used in needlework. Into the laser cut Colorplan Ebony 270gsm card I wove strips of Colorplan Pristine White 135gsm paper to create a running bond brick pattern similar to that used on the buildings. The reverse of the strips had being damaged and burnt in parts by the laser and I used these to give the effect of ageing in specific areas.
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Savoy Buildings 1
Inspired by the spaces and colours from the front of Savoy Buildings this piece incorporates a handmade copper paper bought in Prague. The blue paper has been woven into the white strips along the top edge.
The Creating of Savoy Buildings 1
Savoy Buildings 2
Inspired by the shapes and colours from the side of Savoy Buildings this piece incorporates vintage coloured glassine papers from Phillip & Tacey. The concept was to take what could be perceived as a building that had seen better days and to use the many windows to create a stained glass window. It is illuminated by a led panel installed behind the image.