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work I have been creating during

lockdown: set/costume/installation design, illustration, photography, embroidery

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CINEMATIC RECONSTRUCTIONS

 

Inspired by two of our favourite films, Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Orlando and their female creatives, this was a collaborative project with director Joanna Pidcock and film writer Laura Venning - who just happened to be my lockdown companions. Our recreation of Portrait of a Lady on Fire was a finalist in the Prince Charles Cinema Recreate the Frame competition

 

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) director: Céline Schiamma, costume designer: Dorothée Guiraud, production designer: Thomas Grézaud, cinematographer: Claire Mathon / Orlando (1992) director: Sally Potter, costume designers: Sandy Powell and Dien van Straalen, production designers: Ban van Os and Jan Roelfs, cinematographer: Aleksey Rodionov

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MISSING  / LIVE / THEATRE

I’m so glad to have been involved in Scene Change's Missing Live Theatre campaign to keep theatre visible all around the country and engage the community with these tape installations. 

 

I was involved in the organisation, design and installation of the campaign in East Anglia alongside designers Emily Bestow and Simon Rupert. We wrapped Norwich Theatre Royal and the New Wolsey, Ipswich in recyclable tape which had been used previously at the National Theatre and will now become part of another installation.

Norwich Theatre Royal photos by Max Hilton, New Wolsey photos by Hannah Bestow and Peter Hazelwood.

LITTLE WOMEN  BOOK COVER DESIGN

shown in an online exhibition by film magazine Little White Lies

 I really connected with the themes of female creativity and agency explored by Louisa May Alcott and highlighted by Greta Gerwig in her 2019 adaptation. Therefore I portrayed each March sister in their own form of self-expression: Meg in textiles, Jo in words from the book, Beth in sheet music and Amy in oil paint.

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SKETCHBOOK WORK FOR A THEATRE PROJECT IN DEVELOPMENT

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MIDSOMMAR

None of us are Swedish but we decided to have a midsommar celebration for the solstice, partly inspired by my visit to Sweden last year. We built a small midsommarstång using wild flowers and foliage from the surrounding woods and fields, shared a meal and danced, followed by a swim in the sea at dawn. This made me contemplate the place of ancient rituals in our modern world, particularly during a global pandemic when group gatherings are unsafe. It also made me consider the act of engaging in another culture's ritual - in this case, as white people of European descent, learning and recreating a different Northern European ritual.

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EMBROIDERY, ILLUSTRATION AND PHOTOGRAPHY

© Grace Venning

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