Sotheby’s Royal & Noble Descent auction exceeds in sale with Zoe Bradley collab

ZOE BRADLEY & SOTHEBYS COLLABORATION 
Paper Artist Zoe Bradley describes in her own words how her collaboration with auction house Sotheby’s produced some of her most memorable and challenging works to date. The recent success of this collaboration in London has meant that the Zoe Bradley pieces are likely to be shown in more of Sotheby’s markets, including Paris, Milan, New York and Hong Kong throughout 2016
‘Sotheby’s contacted my studio as they were looking for a collaboration with an artist that could use the stark simplicity of paper to compliment the artistry of the Old Masters period. They wanted to bring awareness to their forthcoming Of Royal & Noble Descent exhibition and auction alongside a contemporary artist.
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I met with Sotheby’s Old Master paintings specialist and magazine columnist Jonquil O’Reilly. A resident fashion historian and style ambassador. She inspired me with stories behind the paintings of the Old Masters and the traditions behind the garments and reasons for the styles of the fashion pieces. This proved a springboard for my own research. I began looking into paintings and costume books of etchings that documented the fashions of the time. I found the opulent wigs adorned with feathers, flowers, birds, and powdered with wheat flour stories fascinating. Visually these looked like works of art themselves! The enormous dresses with metres upon metres of the finest silks were tremendous fashion statements. Covered in ruffles, bows, fine lace work and jewels. We worked on scoring techniques with the papers to recreate the fine silks that were used in the court dress to emulate the luxurious nature of the fabric. A challenging but an exciting brief.
THE RED DRESS: EAST GALLERY
This monumental dress is 6m in length and 2.5m in height. It consist’s of over 6000 hand sculpted paper ruffles and was adorned with magenta Swarovski crystals along with individual hand crafted roses and ribbons. The symbolism of using red and the shear scale of the piece was created for its symbolism, relating to vast wealth in the 17th and 18th Century. Inspired by the Elizabethan period and the Spanish court dresses, the designs began with the Farthindales (the distinctive shape that goes underneath the dress) and commonly associated with the Tudor’s and worked up to the plunging neckline of a corseted bodice complete with large puff sleeves. The paper ruffle textile was created by hand folding each ruffle and fixing into place to create a delicate shell like textile, that reflected the ornate dress style of the period. The metallic finished paper was chosen for it’s luminous silky quality.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Monumental red paper dress sculpture by British Artist Zoe Bradley is unveiled along side Royal and Aristocratic Heirlooms. At Sotheby's on January 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Sotheby's)

 SHOE: EAST GALLERY
These gold shoe’s were based upon a Venetian shoe, from 1700. Often heels would be worn by men as well as women. A fine and expensive shoe always had red heels and soles – the dye was expensive and carried a martial overtone. This fashion soon spread overseas – Charles II of England Coronation portrait of 1661 features him wearing a pair of enormous red, French style heels – although he was over 6ft (1.85m) to begin with. It was also indicative of how the wearer of a red sole or heeled shoes was part of the elite inner court circle.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: A gallery technician adjusts paper sculpture shoes adorned with Swarovski crystals. At Sotheby's on January 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Sotheby's)

 

The texture of the chinese silk was recreated through scoring by hand a scratched line across the metallic card to emulate this fine surface texture. The carnation and blossom flowers and 3D scroll effect were brought to life through pressing textures into the paper to bring these details to life. Every part of the shoe was recreated in acute detail, plaited edging and rolled strips make up the carved paper heals. The paper shoes were finished with a row of clear cut crystals that were placed around a paper buckle. A truly detailed work of art, if only they could be worn!

 

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   CROWN: NORTH GALLERY

This majestic sculpture was based upon Elizabeth I crown from the Tudor era. The crown is clad with over 3000 hand cut gold leaves and scored by hand 36,000 times. We finished this very fine detailed crown off by adorning it with Swarovski crystals and pearls. The detail in this piece really has to be seen to be believed.

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 NECK RUFF: NEW GALLERY


With a diameter of 100cm, which allegedly was the largest size neck ruffs were ever made to, this was technically the most challenging piece .
The 1580s saw the increasing use of lace in ruffs, it was a symbolic fashion accessory that showed wealth & status. The bigger and more frivolous these lacy wheels were the more ostentatious and vain the wearer appeared. We created a repeat laser-cut artwork inspired by Elizabeth I neck ruff, the finely cut details referred back to intricate lace designs of the Elizabethan era. We tried to emulate this detail through the laser cut design. The Ruff is created from over 30 metres of paper. The edges were finely cut to create opulence and delicate edging. Edges were historically kept crisp with straightening irons and we used the same method to give the paper a crisp finish.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: A gallery technician adjusts a paper sculpture or a ruff made from 48 meters of white paper, cut with an intricate lace pattern. At Sotheby's on January 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images for Sotheby’s)

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WIG: WILSON GALLERY

The 18th Century was the era of big hair for both men and women alike. Women’s hair was piled up into towering mounds, helped by padding and hair pieces and added chignons and this was to be my approach in creating the paper wig. Building the strands of paper hair onto an exaggerated mould, I was then able to build up the wig using all the decorations synonymous with this period, from ornament feathered birds, clusters of roses and bows with jewelled centres. Flower chains held in place by Swarovski coloured pearls were placed either side while a plume of feathers jutted from the back of the wig into the air. The fine ringlets at the back of the wig were twisted and rolled around modern day curling tongs, but that’s about where any similarity with today’s hair preparation ended!

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Zoe Bradley creates huge paper chandelier for Team GB British House in Rio

ZOE BRADLEY CREATES HUGE CHANDELIER FOR TEAM GB

Some weeks ago, Zoe Bradley Design studio was asked to design and create a paper sculpture for Team GB’s hospitality venue in Rio de Janerio for the Olympic Games. Known as British House, the venue is to provide a relaxed sanctuary for Team GB and their VIP guest’s away from the sporting venue’s.

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It’s not the sort of commission you get everyday, while at least not for every four years. Bradley set to work on designing a show stopping large floral chandelier to celebrate Team GB’s new home in Rio. It was certainly a challenge! The studio had to cut and curl hundreds of flowers with less than 4 weeks until the structure had to be shipped from London to Rio.
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The entrance to British House in Parque Lage situated opposite the iconic Christ the Redeemer.
‘I wanted to create a piece that celebrated the rich tropical colours that are synonymous with Brazil, and capture the exotic nature of the host country’s flowers.’ comments Bradley. The design studio was poised to create something quite special. It required Bradley’s renowned paper sculpting skills to produce a floral chandelier on an Olympic scale.
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Artistic rendering of how the paper floral chandler will appear.
‘I wanted the floral chandelier to engulf the space and draw you into the building, which can be viewed from many angles. I want the athletes and guests to be inspired and uplifted as they walk through the entrance.’ says Bradley
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Hundreds of paper flower garlands waiting to be hand curled.
The result was a dense cascading paper floral chandelier that will take pride of place in the entrance to the impressive Parque Lage building. Inspired by Rio’s native Bougainvillea plant, the design has been created from over 2500 hand curled flowers in fuchsia pink, burnt orange, deep violet, lilac, and, of course, gold to symbolise the ultimate achievement. Hundreds of florals cascade down from three separate circular rings inside one another. The piece measures 2.5 metres in diameter and 2.8 metres in hanging length.
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The final Zoe Bradley Paper Chandelier ready to be raised up
Zoe Bradley’s work is aimed at bringing awareness to cultural events, and she believes that art can enhance environments in which we work and live. Bradley recognises ‘This is a great opportunity to take a contemporary art installation outside the usual gallery walls. Hanging the chandelier at the entrance to Team GB British House I hope, will provide a warm and uplifting welcome to the athletes and invited guest’s over the coming weeks.’

Zoe Bradley Creates a Couture Style Paper Gown for London Design Week

ZOE BRADLEY & LONDON DESIGN WEEK

We were honoured to be asked to take part in this years London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour, which launches to the press & buyers from 13th – 15th March this weekend and the general public from 16th -18th March. Expect to see some of the best global names shaping the luxury interiors world today, showcasing their latest collections and ranges.

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With this years theme heavily directed by the Geometric trend and the colour blue, paper artist Zoe Bradley went on an inspirational journey to discover past and present artist and designers who made the colour blue a pivotal part of their work.

Always referencing the floral & fauna world that Bradley has become synonmous with, it was no surprise that other artists and designers have found inspiration in the symmetry and formation of flowers.

Zoe looked at works by William Morris, Japanese Osaka prints, the Art Forms in Nature by Ernst Haeckel and paintings of Monet’s blue period as well as Wedgwood and Delft Pottery whose work is defined by the colour blue.

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The shape of the skirt for the dress echoed the roundness of the glass dome ceiling in the South Dome of Chelsea Design Centre where the dress will be on display. The bodice attached to the skirt has a nipped in waist to accentuate the larger than life silhouette.

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The 400 flowers that form the paper textile for the dress were cut and assembled by hand in Bradley’s studio. There is also 3,500 leaves that have been scored over 17,000 times.

IMG_3711Above: A still life shot of the paper flowers that include a Wild Rose, Apple Blossom, Cherry Blossom and Chrysanthemum, along with 3,500 leaves that will go onto the dress frame and bodice.

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Above Paper Artist Zoe Bradley at work creating the huge paper floral dress for #LDW16

For more information and the full programme of events over London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour London click on the link below

http://www.dcch.co.uk/LDW16-Full-Event-Programme

Say I Love You With A Personal And Unique Valentines Gift

BOXED PAPER ROSE BY ZOE BRADLEY

As we say good bye to a cold and gloomy January, we are turning our attention to much warmer matters of the heart with our hand made boxed paper roses.

As we enter into the month of February next week and our hearts race in anticipation on what might (or might not) drop through the letter box on 14th February, we’d like to give you a suggestion. Whether you are the giver or the receiver, a boxed paper rose from celebrated paper artist, Zoe Bradley really does tick that love box.

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Order you very own personal handmade paper flower from paper artist Zoe Bradley by 6th February to avoid disappointment. These are hand crafted from our UK studio, each petal cut and curled (with love naturally). Each stem painstakingly hand wrapped in paper. Each leaf, precisely hand scored. These are then placed in their own white box with a small blank card and envelope for you to write that personal message of love to that special someone.

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We know we can’t compete with the wonderful floral fragrance you get from a large hand cut bunch of flowers. We love getting them just as much as you. However, these hand crafted paper flowers, will last much longer, dare we say forever. Our customers have told us they have them on display in their homes in their open box or have placed them in an antique glass single stem vase.

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Each Flower comes with its own discreet embossed ZB logo.

Please allow 7 days for delivery as each one is made to order. Due to the hand made nature, no two are the same. Go on and spoil somebody special this Valentines with a Zoe Bradley rose.

Paper Artist Zoe Bradley Collaborates With Sotheby’s to Create Unique Installation

ZOE BRADLEY COLLABORATES WITH SOTHEBY’S TO CREATE A UNIQUE INSTALLATION

Tomorrow will see the unveiling of five incredible works of art created by reknowned paper artist Zoe Bradley. The unique pieces were created by Bradley and her small team of highly skilled crafts people from her UK studio. Each piece takes its inspiration from rare and beautiful works of art that have been curated ready for auction by the famous auction house Sothebys. Entitled Of Royal & Noble Descent, the works on view once belonged to royal and aristocratic European families.

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They have literally been bought to life through Zoe Bradley’s paper sculptures, which include a pair of gold shoes encrusted with Swarovski crystals, a large white Ruff with intricate cut out detail to emulate lace work, an oversize gold crown also beautifully adorned with precious Swarovski stones and pearls, a large 17th Century inspired wig, complete with feathers, birds, roses, bows and small flower chains held in place by soft pastel pearls. Each bow has a faceted cut crystal attached, also from Swarovski.

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The largest piece is a 6 metre long red dress. A masterpiece in paper manipulation, it contains thousands of ruffles and hundreds of roses and bows. All produced in a deep rich iridescent red paper to give the illusion of centuries old silk. Again the bodice is adorned with red Magma crystals from Swarovski that sparkle wonderfully under the gallery lights.

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The exhibition opens to the public tomorrow Thursday 14th January until next Monday 18th with a special Late Night View this Friday 15th January with a special Fashion Talk by Old Master Specialist and Harpers Bazaar Contributing Editor @bazaaruk  Jonquil O’Reilly.

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