13 June – 1 August 2009
Junkshop Revolution presents contemporary designers who have found new use for everyday objects and reclaimed materials and whose work explores these green philosophies. See also Floral Lawn Collection which coincides with this exhibition.
The applied artists and designers participating in this exhibition look to use sustainable or recycled materials or found objects in novel and innovative ways. The finished products challenge our ideas about recycling and enhance the environment through good design practice while being very desirable objects in their own right.
Artists appearing in the exhibition include:
Michael Badger (Liverpool) creates sculptures from recycled, brightly-coloured tin containers and other found objects, raising issues dealing with mass-production, Western consumerism and greed.
Stella Corrall (Glossop) creates interior products using a sustainable practice, using recycled plastics and fabrics in her product ranges. Her range of work includes coasters and place mats, lamp shades and lighting that make excellent use of reclaimed materials that might otherwise end up as landfill.
Min-Ji Cho (Korea) makes jewellery using recycled rubber gloves. She finished her MA at the Royal College of Art in 2007, and has since exhibited her unique and beautiful work widely at such places as Collect at the V&A, Inhorgenta 2008 and the V&A shop.
Green2Brown (Southport) produce a range of Chairs, lamps and vases, all made from recycled cardboard in an Eco-friendly manner.
Rachel Kelly (Cumbria) Rachel’s interactive wallpaper quite literally grew from her experiments while studying at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design, London. Her signature Long Flower wallpaper is hand silk-screen printed on recycled fax or white base paper.
Jason Taylor (Derbyshire) is an accomplished designer of furniture, lighting and domestic-use design, incorporating both ready-made and reused materials and components into his work. Many of his pieces of furniture have a witty light heartedness about them.
Jenny Walker (Manchester) is a jewellery-maker who transforms non-precious, found objects into ‘wearables’. Through the use of items which hold personal significance, she explores jewellery types and considers notions of precious content and issues of wearability. She is particularly fascinated by discords and attitudes to consumables in our throw-away culture and often compares past and present values and expectations in relation to the useful life of objects.
Skirt 289a – Alison Willoughby