I’m currently working on a live brief for Bench, that’s inspiring me both professionally and personally.
The company started out in Manchester in 1989 and has now grown to be a global brand. To revamp the brand, they returned to their roots and opened a new look concept store and gallery. Based in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, the space gives ‘something back to the community that nurtured it’. The Self Made gallery downstairs provides a blank canvas for the talented people of Manchester, where they can collaborate, mingle and showcase their work.
After my initial pitch to the people behind Bench, I browsed Self Made’s latest exhibition ‘All in the Wrist’.
This second Bench Self Made Gallery exhibition is a collaboration of independent artists who are hoping to open your imagination to some rather creative techniques.
It was curated by Moot, a local artist and curator whose work is already on a wall in the concept store. His work mixes illustration with graffiti and street art and this tendency can be seen running through the range of artists and works in the exhibition.
The exhibition showcases a range of styles, from illustration, sculpture and graffiti, all brought together by the medium of cardboard. The ‘collection of cardboard chaos‘ is created by diverse artists such as Tasha Whittle, Lottie Smith, TJ “KREK” Dolan,and Tea One.
I found it incredibly inspiring and thought-provoking. Cardboard as a medium is not popular so it was interesting to see the broad range of outcomes. It has encouraged me to keep my personal style and technique open; this will unlock my creativity and thought process.
My favourite was this quirky, remote-controlled cardboard owl by Tasha Whittle:
The exhibition runs from 15th November through 8th December so do try to check it out if you’re in the area.
- Interview with Moot about the exhibition here.