EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK






Proposals for brooches- roughly put together...Only one, to date, has made it to completion.

OFFICE STATEMENT

Man in office wearing an ad hoc brooch made out of a carved eraser and two map pins.
Eraser PIn (1 of 10)


Artist Statement for "Office Folk" Collection (New Work posted soon!)

“Office Folk” explores what happens when the spirit of ‘folk’ interrupts the usual
expectations of the office environment. Bored office workers who linger in the stock
cupboard find alternative uses for the tools and stationary discovered there.

In an effort to counter the abstract labour and diminished autonomy of the office,
workers seek ‘tactics’ to make their environment more habitable; fashioning ad hoc
solutions in response to banal situations; inventions which serve their own needs not
those of the management.

With no obvious way to change the system, office workers (beneath an appearance
of conformity) set about improvising handiworks which evidence and attest their
humanity and look to propose alternatives to formal office culture. Employing
makeshift methods office workers mis-appropriate and adapt common place objects
to create escritoires (desk companions) to tickle, cheer and interrupt the daily grind.

“Office Folk” is an exploration of what can be created under the cover of office
administration; creating pieces of quiet rebellion in opposition to the established
office order.

BEGINNINGS OF OFFICE FOLK

 A man in a suit wearing a decorative primarily fabric adornment which is attached to the body by the shirt collar buttons.

Man in suit wearing a hand-made lanyard assemblage constructed out of office based materials and strips of suits and shirts.

Close up of a man in a suit with an office folk assemblage in his pocket.

Office folk assemblage which essentially adorns a biro.  Biro decorated with scraps of suits and shirts, pom poms, beads made out of shredder paper, cardboard, and correction fluid amongst others.

This work dates back to the very beginning of the Office Folk enquiry. Initially I was imagining the office worker/s to be weekend morris enthusiasts who brought this to work with them.  I'm still quite fond of these pieces but I felt at the time that I needed to move beyond the somewhat frilly aesthetic found here.