Approved: 02.02.2014

Bridget Harvey

Artist, Curator, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Researcher

Approved: 02.02.2014

Bridget Harvey seeks to create visual and tactile experiences, looking to pattern, costume and narratives for inspiration. Her work is unusual and desirable, drawing from her 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 http://www.axisweb.org/features/profile/mastars/bridget-harvey/)

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    Biography

    Bridget Harvey seeks to create visual and tactile experiences, looking to pattern, costume and narratives for inspiration. Her work is unusual and desirable, drawing from her 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 http://www.axisweb.org/features/profile/mastars/bridget-harvey/) Working in east London, she makes wearable sculptures using mostly handmade multiples from wood and other materials, traditional and new techniques. Her contemporary craft objects are designed and handmade in limited, collectable quantities and as one-off pieces. Manifesting her research through her practice, she pushes materials, form and joining methods in order to investigate ideas around time and play, ecological mending and material reuse. Within her practice she undertakes residencies, facilitates workshops and other events, curates and writes. She is currently studying towards an AHRC PhD exploring hand repairing and making

    CV & Education

    As a maker I occupy a space between design, art and craft, drawing from them in differing amounts depending on need.  This space gives me fluidity in my practice and in my full lifestyle approach.  My work is underpinned by previous research into both slowness in design and play as a design strategy, and my practice based exploration of the materiality, use and disuse of domestic objects, connecting objects to their being as materials-with-form, and materials as having thingness in and of themselves.

    My work is tactile and desirable, visual and ornamental, inspired by patina and narrative.  I use traditional and new techniques to hand-make contemporary craft objects. My pieces have been described as exploring ‘themes of carnival, folk art and tribal display with a touch of Blackpool thrown in’. My practice is environmentally and socially conscious, manifests my research, and through it I seek mindful connections between hand, process and thing.

    My practice based PhD maps and explores contemporary approaches to repair and remaking with everyday objects. 

    I work on the MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts, and freelance as a prop maker, an embroiderer and a designer-maker on my own projects.  I also undertake residencies, exhibit, facilitate workshops, curate and write.

     

    Courses and qualifications

    RepairAbility: Playful Slowness in Making and Mending.  PhD at CCW, UAL with the TED research cluster, AHRC studentship, October 2013 onwards

    Play and Design. MA Designer Maker, Camberwell College of Arts, AHRC studentship, Distinction, September 2013

    Slowness in Practice.  BA Hons Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, 84%, June 2010

    Foundation in Textile Design, Morley College, Distinction, June 2006

    Sculpture in Wood, Morley College, January – March 2011

    Basic Jewellery Making, Morley College, April –June 2009

    Experimental Printmaking, Central St Martins, Easter 2008

    Pattern Cutting, Central St Martins, Easter 2008

    Screen Printing Apprenticeship, Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia - May-July 1997

     

    Exhibitions

    Re- reanimate, repair, meld and mend, Bluecoat Display Centre, 10th October – 14th November 2015

    Matter of Stuff at the Hospital Club, London Design Festival 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 http://textiletoolbox.com/ travelling exhibition

    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, April 2014

    Process Practice Play, Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, 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

    Open studios 2 or 3 times a year at Glyn Road Studios, London

     

    Recent achievements

    The Department of Repair: From Space to Place. Paper Presented at Making Futures, Plymouth College of Art, September 2015

    The Department of Repair: An Expanded Form of ReMaking.  Paper presented at Making Research / Researching Making, Aarhus School of Architecture, September 2015

    Lunchtime Lecture, MA Visual Arts, Camberwell College of Arts

    Elected to board of Cambridge Sustainability Residency, January 2014

    Featured on Axisweb MAstars as an artist to watch, October 2013 http://www.axisweb.org/features/profile/mastars/bridget-harvey/

    Residency undertaken at Anglia Ruskin University, sustainability in art and design, 22-28th April 2013

    Work featured in Remake it: Clothes (Thames and Hudson title) (autumn 2012)

    Residency undertaken at Tokyo Wondersite, Tokyo, Japan, March 2012

    Video chosen for display in Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition The Power of Making, October 2011 – January 2012

     

    Workshops facilitated

    Getting Making, a challenge based weekly workshop for MA students, Camberwell College of Arts, October - November 2015

    Forming Fashion: Haptic Learning, a workshop for fashion educators, part of Goldsmiths Design Festival 2015

    Making Mends, 3d Design Vertical Day 2015

    Active Design, lecture and workshop, BA Textiles and BA Interiors Students, Chelsea College of Art, November 2014

    Getting Making, a challenge based weekly workshop for MA students, Camberwell College of Arts, October - November 2014

    Material Mathematics, with BA3D students, about making methods, Camberwell College of Arts, October 2014

    Material Archaeology, with BA Theatre Design students, unpicking materials and seeking information, Wimbledon College of Art, October 2014

    Getting Going, MA students, mapping practices and starting projects, Camberwell College of Arts, October 2014

    Reflective Practice, MA students, the point and place for reflection in practice, Camberwell College of Arts, October 2014

    Getting Making, a challenge based weekly workshop for MA students, Camberwell College of Arts, October 2013

    Getting Making, a challenge based weekly workshop for MA students, Camberwell College of Arts May 2013

    Re-Mended (in conjunction with Richard Wentworth and BalinHouseProjects), mending workshop, South London Gallery, October 2012

    People’s Pots, using the process of crochet to create a vessel, drop in workshop, Camberwell, October 2012

    The DIY Store, an open workshop about mending at the Mendrs symposium, June 2012

    Take Me, Make Me: make something from the contents of a mystery box, an exploration of spontaneous making, Camberwell, June 2012

     

    Workshops taken part in

    Project Play, a collaboration with Japanese Designers exploring play and toy design.  October – December 2012

    Social Furniture, an exploration of what makes furniture, Camberwell 2012

    New Community Design, investigating and creating notions of community after disaster, Tokyo, March 2012