Hand soldered reclaimed lamp shades of cotton/polyester, paper, flexible PVC and metal framing. Various sizes.
This experimental light installation is inspired by the common use of background noise as a remedy to sleeplessness. Each lamp represents an hour of sleep and depicts the sound vibrations of Max Richter’s eight-hour symphony ‘Sleep’. The hand-soldered patterns are derived using CymaScope - an instrument that converts the vibrations caused by sound into periodic water ripples which in turn create a series of geometric patterns. ‘Eight-Hour Lullaby’ invites the viewer into a pattern-rich space of light and shadows to imagine the energy and vibrations that surround us.
Eight-Hour Lullaby was exhibited as part of Tenfold Textile Collective's group show 'Background Noise' in August 2016. Please email for purchasing or other enquiries: louisekhicks(at)gmail.com
Objects, texture, time is a practice of creating before overthinking sets in. My favorite work that I continuously revisit is always loose, expressive, raw and fast. Below are examples of applying ink to paper with various objects to create shape and texture.
Variations on a single still life. The endless possibilities of pattern, rhythm and movement through deconstructing and reimagining a single motif.
Thirty Thousand Feet is the response to a textile surface design brief inspired by the traveller and the space they occupied between their destinations. This work draws from the colours and textures of the cloud scattered skies at dawn and dusk as viewed from the air, as well as the lines and structures of the buildings that hold us before linking us to the skies.
The best designs are often the simplest, comprising of only a few colours and shapes. When you break it down, much textile design is no more than dots and lines put together different ways. For me, inspiration often comes from doing the thing first and seeing what comes of it. A blank white piece of paper, however, can be a daunting thing, and too much premeditation can be a roadblock to creating anything at all. Dot - dash is a regular meditation of white pen on a much less intimidating piece of black paper to simply see what comes out.