Royal Opera House
Group exhibition of fantasy costumes for the Giselle Festival promoting the opening weekend of the ballet at ROH. The brief was to develop strong life-sized characters, features, clothing and accessories based on research from costume mistresses and reference materials about the period and character motivations. Materials were restricted to white paper, white string and tape. Collaborating artists: Gerrard Martin, Kiraly St. Claire, Daisy King, Carole King, Freespace Gallery, London.
Social Fabric Initiative for mental health and wellbeing
Social Fabric is a community arts collaboration platform for exploring improvements to mental and emotional health through workshops, events and interventions.
Developed with and for people with lived experience of mental health, Social Fabric aims to engage with communities of people ‘of all mental experience'.
Social Fabric @Dragon Cafe: A Handmade Recovery donated tired wing chairs from healthcare facilities to London-based charity, Mental Fight Club, for upholstery workshops at their popular ‘Dragon Cafe’ arts programme.
The collaboration was designed to highlight the importance of creativity in mental health recovery, with Tyler running upholstery workshops to take the chairs from 'tired to inspired' in aid of the ‘Dragon Cafe’, using donated African wax print fabrics.
Special collaboration labels were designed by Ellie Good @EllieDoubleYolk based on a service user’s winning drawing. Labels were handmade by award winning embroidery artist, Jacky Puzey, @JackyPuzey, on vintage orange silk fabric offcuts.
Mental Fight Club’s Dragon Cafe was developed 'by mental health service users for mental health service users'. The cafe welcomes more than 200 regular participants to its south London hub each week for imaginative, high quality events and nutritious vegetarian food, free to all. The project is supported by the Guys & St Thomas' Hospital Charity and Maudsley Charity. and has been awarded funding from the London Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund.
@poetrylawyer performing in a finished chair at the launch event.
Finished chair at the launch event.
Dragon Cafe photos courtesy Liz Gorman photography, London @lizgorman
11th Annual Bermondsey Festival, London
Costumes and headpieces
Thematic head pieces representing 5 key attributes the popular area is known for: Fashion & Textiles, Art & Crafts, Food & Drink, Architecture & Design and Parklife. Vintage and found materials. Worn by @PombaGirls Pomba Girls, London.
Updated frock coat look with vintage textiles, buttons and sleeve ruffs for the Town Crier role, played by performance poet @poetrylawyer David Nieta, London and Chicago.
Constructed with used thread spools, 1930s wooden shoe trees, vintage faux rununculus flower heads, central copper plate adapted from broken vintage necklace, discarded fake foliage.
Vintage finds sourced in local area.
Town Crier with faux leather ‘poet’s cape’ draped over coat.