Grey Bloom by Michael Eden, 2010

Crafted woodland for Liberty

Bird by Andy Singleton

The Crafts Council has commissioned paper artist Andy Singleton to create a series of paper scenes to celebrate the opening of the Liberty Stationery Room. The commissions will be unveiled at Liberty on 10 March and will include a three-metre long window installation and two framed wall pieces.

Liberty wanted a hand-crafted paper installation for the newly launched Stationery Room that would show the creative and expressive properties of paper. Andy Singleton was selected for his proposal to create a whimsical and romantic set of three woodland scenes called ‘They loved What They Found’.

The three pieces will be based around the idea of nesting birds. Each piece will centre on a tree, with numerous birds flying around collecting beautiful pieces of Liberty stationery plus paper twigs, leaves, and fragments of romantic poetry with which to build their nests. All three pieces will be intricately layered and made using cut and folded paper with blue, green and purple birds on a backdrop of brown and green woodland collecting black, white and bronze stationery items.

“We are delighted that Andy has been selected to make these three pieces for Liberty. His striking work will provide an inspiring welcome to the new Stationery Room” Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council

Andy Singleton is a paper artist and illustrator based in Wakefield, England. He studied Animation with Illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2006. His work is an exploration of the natural and man-made world through intricate paper cuttings and hand drawn illustrations.

For more press images and information please contact Jill Read in the Crafts Council Press Office on Tel: +44 (0) 20 7806 2549, Email: media@craftscouncil.org.uk

For more information on Liberty please contact Chloe Weguelin, Senior Press Officer, Liberty on Tel: +44 (0) 20 7573 9503, Email: cweguelin@liberty.co.uk


Notes to Editors

• The window installation will be up for five weeks and the two in-store pieces will be up for three months.

• The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft.
o We believe that craft plays a dynamic and vigorous role in the UK’s social, economic and cultural life.
o We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to make, see, collect and learn about craft.
o We believe that the strength of craft lies in its use of traditional and contemporary techniques, ideas and materials to make extraordinary new work.
o We believe that the future of craft lies in nurturing talent; children and young people must be able to learn about craft at school and have access to excellent teaching throughout their education.

• Crafts Council Craft Champions are all active supporters of contemporary craft who signed up to the Craft Matters campaign at www.craftmatters.org.uk to say that craft matters to them. Current Craft Champions are; Linda Barker, Priscilla Carluccio, Sir Terence Conran, Siobhan Davies CBE, Duke of Devonshire, Norman Foster, Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, Tricia Guild OBE, Sir Mark Jones, Jude Kelly OBE, Cath Kidston, Corin Mellor, Michelle Ogundehin, Grayson Perry, Jon Snow, Sheila Teague, Sandi Toksvig, Sir John Tusa and Jeanette Winterson OBE and Lola Young, Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE.

• 12% of the UK population visited a craft exhibition in 2009/10, and 18% participated in craft activity in the same year (DCMS/ACE Taking Part data update August 2010). (Taking Part is an ongoing survey being carried out by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Arts Council England (ACE).

• More than 2.8 million visits were made to the Crafts Council website in 2009. To find out everything you need to know about where to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft visit www.craftscouncil.org.uk

• The Crafts Council is supported by Arts Council England. Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, it supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. Between 2008 and 2011, Arts Council England will invest £1.3 billion of public money from government and a further £0.3 billion from the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

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