Dyes and pigments screen-printed on to linen.
Dimensions: 60cm (H) x 60cm (W) x 5cm (D) / 23.6" (H) x 23.6" (W) x 2" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Overlap is one in a series of three called the Plan Series. The three artworks were originally shown at The Focus of Craft exhibition at Bargehouse, Oxo Tower with Design Nation as part of London Craft Week in 2019. They were also shown by Contemporary Applied Arts gallery for Focus 21 at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour during London Design Week in 2021 and at their gallery in Marylebone.
Hand-printed in layers of varying opacity onto linen and using textile printing techniques and photography, Michelle combines a skilful and joyous use of colour with texture to hint at surfaces within architecture. The ‘Plan Series’, was inspired by the footprints of a building, plans, architectural details, geometric forms of structures and the voids in between: the spaces we inhabit, have left behind and pass through. Floating and overlapping geometric forms of vivid red, sugar pink, indigo blue and mint green combine with a subtle stripe pattern and the texture of the linen which gives a bauhaus feel to the work.
The three artworks in the series were printed simultaneously in the studio, a way of working that Michelle prefers, enjoying the relationships and interplay that results during the making of her hand-printed artworks.
Dyes and pigments screen-printed on to linen and stretched over a wooden frame. Framed in a white wooden box frame with anti-reflective glass.
Unframed size – 50 x 50 x 2.5cm
Framed size – 60 x 60 x 5cm
Based in: London
Michelle House is a London based artist with a strong graphic eye and a talent for bold uplifting colour combinations. Michelle gained a BA degree in art textiles from Goldsmiths College, London and later went on to study digital fine art.
Using screen-printing, hand-cut stencils, photography and painting, she layers dyes and pigments on to combinations of natural fabrics. This results in colourful and unique artworks that incorporate her photographs of found patterns, geometry and abstracted urban architecture. Often using texture to hint at the surfaces within architecture, materials such as linen, cotton, wool and silk, are skilfully pieced together in combinations as wall-hangings and artworks stretched over wooden frames.
Alongside printing and painting abstract textile artworks, Michelle designs limited edition giclée prints on paper (incorporating her drawings and photography in the form of digital original artworks) and collage artworks made using textiles, print and paper.
She has been working with textiles and print for over twenty years creating artworks for exhibitions and commissions. However, her love of textiles was instilled at an early age. As a child she would regularly watch her mother cutting and sewing fabric, creating items of clothing, including costumes for school plays, her sister’s ballet tutus and school uniforms, along with curtains and cushions for the home.
Past clients include hospitals, hotels and more recently two large artworks for The British Academy's art collection.
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