September 5 - October 24, 2010
Sunday September 5, 4pm
opening by Jan Boelen, director Z33 in Hasselt Belgium
Tiles and Vases
has been an inspiring medium for artists who try to capture the 'moment'.
Tim Simpson and Sarah van Gameren perpetually try to solve the riddle
of how to capture the beauty they see in the moment of transformation.
Experimentation with photographic formulas lead to the union of the long
forgotten photographic technique of cyanotype, and the material that traditionally
has a love affair with the colour blue; ceramics.
Flowers and humble weeds are arranged on vases and tiles with a cyanotype
infused surface and then exposed to UV-light. Magically, the visible area
turns intense blue; a ghostly white
shadow remains hidden behind the flower.
The tile patterns are created with pressed specimens composed between
sheets of glass like a photographic negative. They are a first step into
the realm of production where a new dialogue
between craft and design begins.
This project is built upon the inventions of our Anglo-Dutch predecessors,
shattered into small
fragments and kaleidoscopically rearranged. Anna Atkins was the first
in 1843 to present cyanotypes of plants and the work bears reference to
the Dutch tradition of still life painting and Delft Blue.
Josiah Wedgwood’s meticulous development in process inspired us
in our long term experimentation to realise Blueware, and experts at Kew
Gardens shared with us the technique of pressing and preserving that has
not changed for hundreds of years. The result is a unique collection of
blue pieces that serve as artifacts to the moment they were created.
Our subjects, the plants and weeds, grow between the pavements of our
local borough and map the area where we currently work and live.
Glithero was founded by British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer
Sarah van Gameren, who met and studied at the Royal College of Art. From
their studio in Chalk Farm London they create product, furniture, and
time-based installations that give birth to unique and wonderful products.
The work is presented in
a broad spectrum of medium, but follows a consistent conceptual path;
to capture and present the beauty in the moment things are made.
In the past year Studio Glithero has presented solo shows in London and
Paris, as well as exhibitions in Milan, Berlin, Hasselt and Lisbon. In
2009 they were inaugurated into the Vauxhall Collective, were awarded
the Crafts Council Maker Development Award and became visiting professors
at the Royal College of Art.