Paved Paradise: Forest and Found

Forest-and-Found is a multi-disciplinary craft and design partnership set up in early 2014. Having both trained in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design, Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge graduated with a strong working relationship that is now a full time collaborative practice.

Their interest in the act of making led them to begin researching methods of traditional craft. For the past two years Forest-and-Found have immersed themselves in techniques surrounding woodwork and textiles. Their focus is on the use of hand tools and the direct experience of handcrafting the ‘object’. Simple acts of carving, hand stitching and dyeing are now points of access in how they understand and develop their own practice.

Influenced by traditional methods of working and applying them to the design and making of contemporary ritualistic objects, Forest-and-Found aim for the maker to be present in each object through the mark of the hand. The nature of the collaboration allows for cross-discipline experimentation and is the driving force behind evolving research into the role of the craftsman today.

Forest-and-Found will be giving a short presentation on their craft and the process behind their creative practise, as part of the Evening with the Artists event on 13th October. Tickets are available for this and other events on eventbrite.

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Forest and Found