Approved: 02.02.2014

Bridget Harvey

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 02.02.2014

Tactually exploring narrative patinas - use, repair, and memory - I seek materials that initially seem past their best: tatty jumpers, broken ceramics, wood offcuts.

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      Artist Statement

      Tactually exploring narrative patinas - use, repair, and memory - I seek materials that initially seem past their best: tatty jumpers, broken ceramics, wood offcuts.

      Inspired by artists such as Kader Attia, Celia Pym and Jacy Wall, by consumption and discard practices, the pre-used and pre-loved, I simultaneously embed, show and hide narrative. By hand-crafting detail with traditional stitching, manipulating, printing, cutting, joining and beading techniques, my interventions re-story the familiar, and reconstruct the forgotten.

      I seek to create visual and tactile experiences, looking to pattern, costume and narratives for inspiration. My work is unusual and desirable, drawing from my training in textile design, described as exploring ‘themes of carnival, folk art and tribal display with a touch of Blackpool thrown in’ (Louise Taylor, Axisweb MA Stars 2013).

      Working in east London, I make objects using mostly wood, ceramics and textiles, traditional and new techniques. My contemporary craft objects are designed and handmade in limited, collectable quantities and as one-off pieces.

      Manifesting my research through her practice, I push materials, form and joining methods in order to investigate ideas around time and play, mending and material reuse. Within her practice I undertake residencies, facilitates workshops and other events, curates and writes. I am currently finishing an AHRC PhD exploring hand repairing and making called RepairAbility: Repair Making as Material and Social Action.

      CV & Education

      As a maker and curator, I occupy a fluid space between craft, making and design.
      I am inspired by narratives of use and disuse to create tactile and desirable objects, underpinned by explorations of materiality, attempting to connect objects to their being as materials-with-form. I use traditional and new techniques for both making and repairing. Handmade in wood, ceramic and textiles and other elements, my contemporary craft objects are designed and produced in limited, collectable batches and as one-off pieces.
      My work has been described as exploring ‘themes of carnival, folk art and tribal display with a touch of Blackpool thrown in’.

      Since 2012 I have been researching repair as part of making practice. My PhD, RepairAbility: Repair-Making as Material and Social Action, defines repair as part of an expanded practice, looking at durability for circularity.
      I am based at Camberwell College of Arts and Chelsea College of Art (University of the Arts London) with the TED Research group.

      My writing about repair, design activism, slowness and play is here

      Facilitation and Teaching
      I am Associate Lecturer on MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts, and Visiting Lecturer for BA3D Design (Camberwell), MA Textiles and BA Hons Textile Design (Chelsea College of Art).

      I am an experienced workshop facilitator, running practical workshops exploring making, materials and repairing. For more information please see here


      Creekside Open 2017 (selected by Jordan Baseman), APT Gallery, Deptford, 4th - 28th May 2017
      Making Circles, Circular Transitions conference, Chelsea College of Art, 23 - 24th November 2016
      Experiencing Change / Changing Experience, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, 27th July - 5th August 2016
      …by a thread…, Gawthorpe Hall, Burnley, 19th April – 19th June 2016
      Mending Revealed, Bridport Arts Centre, 5th March – 16th April 2016
      Re- reanimate, repair, meld and mend, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool, 10th October – 14th November 2015
      creo collective with Matter of Stuff, The Hospital Club, London Design Festival 2015
      PLATE (Product Lifetimes And The Environment) Exhibition, Nottingham Trent University, 17-19th June 2015
      The Department of Repair, Camberwell Space Gallery (co-curating and exhibiting), 12th January – 20th February 2015
      Knit 1, Mend 1, Keep 1, Change 1, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset, 17th January - 1st March 2015
      Textile Toolbox, pop-up 13th November 2014, online at : travelling exhibition ongoing
      Springboard, The Cookhouse, Chelsea College of Art, London, November 2014
      creo collective present creo creates at the Design Junction, London Design Festival (co-curated and exhibited) 16th-21st September 2014
      Cambridge Sustainability Residency exhibition, Norfolk Street Gallery, Cambridge, April 2014
      Process Practice Play, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, London, March 2014
      Fashioned, London Fashion Week at Crafts Central, London, January 2014
      creo collective present Material Matters at Interiors 2104, Birmingham NEC, January 2014
      creo collective present Material Times at the London Design Festival (co-curated and exhibited) 17th-22nd September 2013
      Camberwell College of Arts MA Show 2013, 4-12th September 2013
      The Geometrics : Volume 1 , Exhibition at Kingsgate Gallery, West Hampstead, 19th April – 5th May 2013
      DEW Line, Sustainability in Art residency exhibition, 13th-19th May 2013, Cambridge
      Getting Making exhibition, co-curating, The Bear at Camberwell, 23rd-25th May 2013
      Library Show, We Weave loom, Camberwell College of Arts, London, January 2013
      Mended, visibly mended items. The Library, Camberwell, July 2012
      Wondersite, Helmet and 2 bracelets, Japanese Embassy, Green Park, London May- June 2012,
      Work in Progress, Blue Necklace, Hotel Elephant Gallery, Elephant and Castle, London, April 2012
      Library Show, Stitched Wood, Camberwell College of Arts, London, January 2012
      Degree Show, Rugs, Chelsea College of Art and Design, June 2010

      Cambridge Sustainability Residency 2014
      Cambridge Sustainability Residency 2013
      Tokyo Wondersite 2012

      Selected Talks:
      Sides to Middle (artists talk) Bridport Arts Centre, March 2016
      Unlearning / Remaking / Disobedience: Actively researching repair (Sculpture Lecture Series) Camberwell College of Arts, June 2016

      MA Stars 2013
      Crafts Council