My current project Aquatopia takes a critical view on our fresh water supplies, its increasing demand and pollution. In this dystopian narrative, pure water is on the verge of depletion, consumption is challenged and water waste is kept to a minimum.
Inspired by water systems, pieces were created as reimagined drinking vessels, scooping bowls, storages and shower funnels that engage original plumbing parts and laboratory objects. Made of copper and glass, materials traditionally used for transporting and storing water, the craft objects straddle the line between function, imagined function and aesthetic quality.
All pieces were produced via the electroforming technique, a process in which a layer of copper is deposited on a surface that was made conductive. Decorative, plant-like growth formations on each vessel symbolise that life is completely depended on water.
For one of the latest pieces, a bath, that I did for the Future Heritage show with curator Corrine Julius, I collaborated with Chadder & Co, a bath refurbishing company. The original taps, waste, plunger and a new bath tray were transformed, to go along with one of their old Victorian bathtubs.
Product Images by Sylvain Deleu
Bath images by Will Cooper