SOMETHING IN MY POCKETS
Textiles are a stunning addition to makers-creators-artists and this rather eyecatching Collecting Coat will showcase the city’s collections with replica and original objects in its many pockets for early learners, families and adults to handle and get up close to.
Created by second-year Costume Production & Associated Crafts degree students from Plymouth College of Art it’s inspired by the popular Quentin Blake book Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets, in which the central character has an overcoat of Life is mimicking art for a local, self-taught mosaicist who deconstructed her existence in Norfolk and rearranged the fragments of her life in Devon.
Corinna Barrell has taken the ancient art of mosaic design and given it a modern twist. Turning a hobby into a full time business from her home near Totnes, she creates contemporary pieces of work through assemblage; she breathes mosaic art into bull and sheep skulls, upcycles furniture and repurposes unwanted objects into glittering artworks. never-ending pockets filled with surprise objects.
Working with local theatre company Stiltskin the students also teamed up with learning staff from The Box to create this unique outfit that will inspire and engage its audiences. The coat features motifs based on teapots from the city’s ceramic collections and sea creatures from the natural history collections, as well as a brightly coloured skirt inspired by an item of Chinese costume from the world cultures collections. plymhearts.org/thebox