Bridget’s practice is tactile and desirable, visual and ornamental, inspired by costume, patina and narrative, in a space between craft, design and fine art. Her work has been described as exploring ‘themes of carnival, folk art and tribal display with a touch of Blackpool thrown in’. Using traditional and new techniques to create functional sculptures, handmade in wood and other elements, her artefacts are designed and handmade in limited, collectable quantities and as one-off pieces.
Having studied textiles, followed by design and craft making, she uses materials, form and joining methods to investigate time-taking and playfulness in repair and (re)making. Rooted in design activism; environmentally and socially conscious, she seeks mindful connections between hand, process and thing. She makes, repairs, undertakes residencies, facilitates workshops, teaches, curates and writes.
Drawing from her training in textile design, prop making and handcrafts, her work is tactile and desirable. Using wood and other materials, traditional and new techniques, her contemporary craft objects are designed and made in limited, collectible quantities and as one-off pieces. She also facilitates making and mending workshops, undertakes residencies and has curated exhibitions.
Bridget is studying towards a practice-based AHRC PhD exploring repair and hand (re)making. Within this, she seeks to define repair as part of an expanded design practice, aiming to understand the uses, possibilities and applications of repair as a strand of environmental sustainability. Through practical and artistic repairing, she is ‘assembling’ repair and building know-how. She posits repair as being material, social and environmental learning: a connection which ‘de-garbages’ materials and knowledge, and redefines ownership, choices, values and power.
- /RepairAbility: Pathways to Sustainability through Repair for Makers and Users
- /The Department of Repair
- /Cultures of Resilience (CoR)