ABOUT

FOREST + FOUND

Artists Max Bainbridge and Abigail Booth set up their studio practice, Forest + Found, in early 2015 as a space for material research and cross disciplinary collaboration. Driven by a need to create work that explores dialogues between sculpture, painting and a new found language of craft, their studio gives them a space for material experimentation, as well as a platform to explore their individual art practices. Working in both visual arts and contemporary craft, they exhibit their work throughout the UK and internationally.

ABIGAIL BOOTH

Born in London in 1991, Abigail Booth studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute and Chelsea College of Art, where she graduated in 2013 as a painter and sculptor. Working across textiles, drawing and painting, her work explores the traditions of piecework and quilting, while drawing upon her background as a painter. Evoking simplicity and minimalism in the gesture and movement of the hand, her work seeks a connection to expansive landscape through the reflective nature of natural colour and her psychological relationship to place. The time-based nature of her work produces large-scale, meditative images that explore spatial compositions and the abstract plane of the deconstructed canvas.

MAX BAINBRIDGE

Born in London in 1991, Max Bainbridge studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, where he graduated in 2013 as a photographer and sculptor. Bainbridge’s sculptural vessels hewn from wood, reflect a need to create a tangible and grounded presence in space though the physicality of the object. Taking the natural shape and form of the wood as a starting point, he uses woodturning, hand carving and elemental processes to create objects that are reflective of the making process; each piece displaying the physical effort that goes into its conception through the marks left on the surface. Working with wood sourced directly from the landscape, his work forms a deep connection to place through the ritualistic relationships he builds between objects and their origin. 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2019 Walking The Line . Oriel Myrddin Gallery . Carmarthen (UPCOMING)

2018 Walking The Line . Ruthin Craft Centre . Ruthin

2018 Outland . Egg . London

2018 Realising Landscape, The Space, CARO . Bruton

2017 Unearthed (film), Pitt Rivers Museum . Oxford

2016 Objects of Utility, INKU . London

GROUP

2019 The Art of Gathering . New Craftsman Gallery . St Ives (UPCOMING)

2019 Jerwood Makers Open 19 . Jerwood Space . London (UPCOMING)

2019 Wood: The Living Material . London Craft Week . London (UPCOMING)

2019 Thread: Contemporary Textiles . Rheged Centre . Cumbria (UPCOMING)

2019 Collect 2019 . Jaggedart . Saatchi Gallery . London

2018 Levelling Traditions . Make | Hauser & Wirth Somerset . Bruton

2018 Jerwood Drawing Prize 17 . Drawing Projects UK . Trowbridge

2018 Piecework Collective . Ludlow Studios . New York

2018 Ready Made Go . ACE Hotel . London

2018 Material Wood: Art & Design . Messums Wiltshire . Tisbury

2018 Fine Art Quilt Masters . Festival of Quilts . Birmingham

2018 Jerwood Drawing Prize 17 . Vane Gallery .  Newcastle upon Tyne

2018 Showcase . Yorkshire Sculpture Park . Wakefield

2018 Cabinet of Curiosities II . Jaggedart . London

2018 The Home of Craftsmanship . Alfred Dunhill, Bourdon House . London

2018 Jerwood Drawing Prize 17 . Sidney Cooper Gallery . Canterbury

2018 Arbour . Jaggedart . London

2018 Jerwood Drawing Prize 17 . The Edge, Bath University . Bath

2018 Collect Open . Saatchi Gallery . London

2018 Assortment X . Jaggedart . London

2018 Maker + Place: Sotheby's Auction . Sotheby's . New York

2018 Jerwood Drawing Prize 17 . East Gallery NUA . Norwich

2018 New Truth to Materials: Wood . Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft . Ditchling

2017 Through the Woods . Jaggedart . London

2017 Spoonful . Flow Gallery . London

2017 Jerwood Drawing Prize 17 . Jerwood Space . London

2017 Piecework Collective . 402 West 13th Street . New York

2017 Chromatic Geography . Craft Ontario Gallery . Toronto

2017 London Craft Week . Craft Central Gallery . London

2017 New Quilting . Rheged Centre . Cumbria 

2017 MAKE . Ruthin Craft Centre . Ruthin

2016 Showcase . Craft Central . London

2016 New Designers: One Year On . London

2016 Clerkenwell Design Week . Craft Central . London

2016 Showcase . William Morris Gallery . London

 

AWARDS / PROGRAMMES

2019 Jerwood Makers Open . Jerwood Arts

2018 London Creative Network . Cockpit Arts

2017 Hothouse . Crafts Council

2016 British Design Award: Craft . Elle Decoration

2016 Best New Body of Work . Craft Central

 

RESIDENCIES

2019 Harp Cottage . Old Radnor

2017 Pitt Rivers Museum . Oxford

2017 Cold Press Gallery . Holt

 

TALKS

2018 Landscape in Practice . Hauser & Wirth Somerset . Bruton

2018 Collect Open Makers In Conversation, Saatchi Gallery . London

2018 Next Generation Craft, Saatchi Gallery . London

2017 Exhibition Tour: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space . London

2017 How We Make Things, Q&A Hole & Corner . London Design Fair . London

2017 The Future of Objects, Q&A Forest + Found . Pitt Rivers Museum . Oxford

2016 London’s Underground Artisans, Q&A Selvedge Magazine . V&A . London

2016 London’s Underground Artisans, Q&A Selvedge Magazine . New Designers . London

 

PUBLISHED WRITING

2017 The Wild Dyer, Abigail Booth . Kyle Books

2016 The Urban Woodsman, Max Bainbridge . Kyle Books

 

PRESS / BIBLIOGRAPHY

PRINT

03.2019 Selvedge Jerwood Maker’s Open

01.2018 Elle Decoration Weaves For The Wall

01.2018 Home Magazine France Woodworkers: The New Artisans

08.2018 Batsford Books Textile Folk Art

05.2018 Modern Rustic Artisan Profile

02.2018 Das Ideale Heim The Woodworkers

02.2018 The Telegraph Magazine Buy Now ... Keep Forever

10.2017 The Sunday Telegraph Nature's Palette

09.2017 Elle Decoration The Collectibles

02.2017 Berkeley Made Not Manufactured

10.2016 Embroidery Letting Nature Take Its Course

10.2016 Elle Decoration British Design Awards

10.2016 N by Norwegian Modern Woodsman

09.2016 EKKB Designer Profile

09.2016 Selvedge Binding Knots

05.2016 Crafts Talent Spot

05.2016 Vogue UK Meet The Makers

05.2016 House & Garden Where The Wild Things Are

10.2015 Country Living Urban Artisans

ONLINE

04.2018 Hole & Corner Realising Landscape w/ Forest + Found

03.2018 Hole & Corner Culture Journal: Seven Events For April

01.2018 Zetteler Collect Open Q&A

08.2017 Hole & Corner British Craft Pavilion

10.2016 Frances Corner Forest + Found at in-ku

08.2016 COADG Interview

03.2016 Elle Decoration Name to Know

11.2015 Side Story Putting The Art in Craft

LISTEN

11.2017 BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour

11.2017 BBC Radio London Jo Good

11.2016 BBC Radio London Jo Good

01.2016 Woolful Podcast Episode 46

 

TEACHING

2019 Improvisational Patchwork, Ray Stitch . London

2019 Traditional Hand Quilting, Ray Stitch . London

2018 Abstract Quilt Making, Selvedge Magazine x Chateau Dumas . France

2018 Traditional Hand Quilting, Yorkshire Sculpture Park . Wakefield

2017 Autumn Foraging: Natural Dyes, Botany Shop . London

2017 Texture & Form in Wood, West Dean College . Sussex

2017 Autumn Foraging: Natural Dyes, West Dean College . Sussex

2017 MA Artists’ Teachers Scheme, Oxford Brookes . Pitt Rivers Museum

2017 An Ideal Syllabus, Milton Keynes Arts Centre . MK

2017 Power Plant, Milton Keynes Arts Centre . MK

2017 Experimental Object Making, Pitt Rivers Museum . Oxford

2017 Inside Out Kitchen: Heritage Craft Project, Milton Keynes Art Centre . MK

2017 Experimental Maquette Making, Burberry Maker’s House . London

2017 Improvisational Patchwork, Ray Stitch . London

2017 Traditional Hand Quilting, Selvedge/Ray Stitch . London

2016 Spoon Carving, SMUG . London

Portrait courtesy of  Tif Hunter

Portrait courtesy of Tif Hunter


MAX BAINBRIDGE / ABIGAIL BOOTH

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