Photograph by Jon Cardwell. Grid Drape 648. (Detail)
Industrial Offcuts: Freed of London
‘Industrial Offcuts: Freed of London’, is led by the sourcing of production offcuts from the ballet and theatrical shoe manufacturer, Freed of London. When visiting the workshop for the first time, I was struck by the contrast between the well-worn nature of the workshop and the gleaming beauty of the finished dance shoes. The maker of each component at Freed has perfected their craft - their bodies adapted and moulded to the rhythm of the repetitive processes. The offcuts themselves retain traces of this craft, each leftover scrap contributing to a silhouette of the making process.
Photographs of the sculptural works within the Freed workshop capture this sensitivity to materials and process, which forms an area of increasing development in my ongoing practice.
Combining my workshop observations with the offcuts, I transformed the otherwise wasted remnants into ambiguous sculptural forms, each showcasing a different offcut type. I employ processes of cutting, layering, piecing, stitching, draping and gathering to manipulate or enhance the innate shapes, forms and properties presented by the offcuts. Stitch is my primary method of construction and mark-making as I join the fragmented materials and highlight the negative space within the offcuts. The expanded forms which emerge from the suspended pieces are designed to encourage questioning of materials and processes and a reassessment of consumption.
With special thanks to the whole team at Freed of London.
Variety of offcuts (leather, suede, calico, satin, insole material) and thread.
Date of Production
Industrial Offcuts: Freed of London. (Install shot)
Satin Overlap. – Suspended ballet shoe offcuts with hand stitch.
Satin Overlap. (Detail shot) – Suspended ballet shoe offcuts with hand stitch.
Grid Drape 648. – Pieced together ballet shoe offcuts, machine and hand stitch. Suspended within the Freed of London workshop. Photograph by Jon Cardwell.
Grid Drape 648. (Detail) – Pieced together ballet shoe offcuts, machine and hand stitch. Left photograph by Jon Cardwell.
Stamped, Multiple. – Leather and suede sculptural form. Suspended within the Freed of London workshop. Photograph by Jon Cardwell.
Photograph by Jon Cardwell.
Stamped, Multiple. (Detail) – Photograph by Jon Cardwell.