Imogen Luddy

  • MIM2.jpg Well Connected Too (Detail), 2014. Printed vintage ceramics, laser cut wood and hand crochet. Photo credit: Imogen Luddy.
  • MIM 4.jpg Shadow Doily Plate, 2010. Printed vintage ceramic and hand crochet. Photo credit: Imogen Luddy.
  • MIM 5.jpg Crochet Chair, 2010. Printed vintage ceramic and hand crochet. Photo credit: Imogen Luddy.
  • MIM 6.jpg Cross Stitch Table, 2010. Laser cut brushed stainless steel and oak. Photo credit: Joanne Warren.

What inspires me

I really enjoy working with lots of contrasting materials, and like to explore the juxtaposition of delicate, labour intensive methods such as hand embroidery and crochet, with more contemporary processes like laser cutting and digital embroidery. I often use traditional crafts as a starting point in my work and then seek to find ways of subverting them, by digitising their structures and reproducing them in unexpected materials such as metal or plastic. My work also plays with the notion of functionality and what we deem to be useful or decorative, making pieces that might be ambiguous in this regard.

Making in the Midlands

I live in London but I am originally from Nottingham. The region has had quite an impact on my work because of both the lace trade and the fact my great grandfather worked in the textiles industry, producing hosiery for Queen Victoria. He produced lots of really beautiful fabrics and undergarments, which I have collected over the years. They have had a significant effect on me in terms of their aesthetic, colour and craftsmanship. Some of the old yarns have even been incorporated into my work.

 

Website: http://www.imogenluddy.co.uk/


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