Every ornament should have its perfume
Made in Roath 2018 – 32 Kelvin Road CF23 5ET
20 and 21 October 2018 – Saturday 11am – 5pm and Sunday 21st 12 – 5pm
The Every ornament should have its perfume series of works reflects on the legacy of The Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century. The title is taken from Owen Jones’, The Grammar of Ornament. Making reference to the fabric and wallpaper designs of William Morris and lighting designs of W.A.S. Benson, the works are constructed from low grade printed textiles, cardboard and decorators’ paints.
The use of these everyday materials reflects upon the aspirations and argueably the ultimate failure of the Arts and Crafts movement’s socialist idealism and the belief that political and social change can be wrought through the hand-made production of craft, art and design. With the current resurgance in popularity of the hand-made and the crafted, perhaps as a similar counter-balance to technology and the mass produced, the same questions and challenges arise.
Installed in an Arts and Crafts period home in Kelvin Road, Roath, Cardiff as part of the Made in Roath 2018 festival, the work sits within a kitchen dresser of the period alongside everyday objects selected by the owners of the house.
The work cherishes the desire for change through art and making whilst embracing the inadequacy of that position. It is a small revolutionary act which celebrates the intense labour involved in making by hand and the futility of that gesture in the face of 21st Century consumer capitalism.