AA2A Artist

Sarah Skinner

Year:
2022-23
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I’m an artist and creative upholsterer inspired by the materials and skills of traditional upholstery. I work from a beautiful space at Banks Mill Studios, the University of Derby’s Creative Business Incubation hub. This has given me the physical and the creative thinking space to develop my ability to rescue and reupholster old chairs into a more art-led approach: my degree was in Art History and I have worked as a Curator of Fine Art.

I’d like to use the AA2A award to focus in particular on creating, through assemblage, more sculptural, conceptual work. This work would still be based around chair frames and the materials and processes of traditional upholstery while embracing perhaps Surrealist juxtapositions and producing weird and thought-provoking objects. Using the metalwork and woodwork equipment would be an amazing opportunity to develop my assemblage skills as well as enabling me to realise ideas in a range of ways.

I want my work to be sustainable and self-funding and I need to make a living. One idea I’d like to pursue through the AA2A scheme is to improve my photography skills so that I can use my digital images to develop screen-prints so that the new assemblage work might exist initially in 3D and then also in a 2D, a different and potentially more easy to present and sell format.

I am also really interested in the chance to have my processes, materials and finished or in progress work ‘out there’ and open to dialogue and constructive criticism with students and the wider university environment.

I’m an artist and creative upholsterer inspired by the materials and skills of traditional upholstery. I work from a beautiful space at Banks Mill Studios, the University of Derby’s Creative Business Incubation hub. This has given me the physical and the creative thinking space to develop my ability to rescue and reupholster old chairs into a more art-led approach: my degree was in Art History and I have worked as a Curator of Fine Art.

I’d like to use the AA2A award to focus in particular on creating, through assemblage, more sculptural, conceptual work. This work would still be based around chair frames and the materials and processes of traditional upholstery while embracing perhaps Surrealist juxtapositions and producing weird and thought-provoking objects. Using the metalwork and woodwork equipment would be an amazing opportunity to develop my assemblage skills as well as enabling me to realise ideas in a range of ways.

I want my work to be sustainable and self-funding and I need to make a living. One idea I’d like to pursue through the AA2A scheme is to improve my photography skills so that I can use my digital images to develop screen-prints so that the new assemblage work might exist initially in 3D and then also in a 2D, a different and potentially more easy to present and sell format.

I am also really interested in the chance to have my processes, materials and finished or in progress work ‘out there’ and open to dialogue and constructive criticism with students and the wider university environment.

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