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.
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.
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.
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.
ZOE BRADLEY SHOWCASES PAPER SCULPTURE AT THE LAUNCH OF LONDON CRAFT WEEK AT THE V&A
Wednesday, May 6th saw the opening night of London Craft Week #LCW15 at the V&A Museum London. We were privileged to showcase two pieces of our work on the night, which was officially opened by artist Grayson Perry. A huge vase of gold & white paper sculpted flowers adorned the circular bar in the foyer of the V&A. Crafted by hand over a number of weeks in our studio, the floral display attracted favourable attention & popped up on numerous instagram & twitter feeds throughout the night!
Our second paper sculpture was a colourful display of intricately cut exotic flowers, which was originally commissioned by a client in Shanghai. Invited guests from the world’s of art, design, food & culture sipped Nyetimber sparkling wine and ate the most incredible canapés that were works of art themselves. We loved chatting to TV presenter Kirstie Allsop on her collection of paper maquettes and other guests that included Tom Dixon, Jo Malone, Mark Hix, Kit Kemp (Firmdale Hotels) and Peter Williams (founder Jack Wills).
ZOE BRADLEY DESIGN LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE STORE
Due to a pretty regular stream of requests from the public who view our work through shop windows, in stores or within Shopping Malls worldwide, the demand to offer paper floral products seemed inevitable. With this in mind we took the brave step to launch our own on line store. Quite ironic when you think about it. We create a real spectacle with our various luxury papers for clients, to draw attention to their windows or stores, the purpose of which is to drive traffic inside and sales up! Now the very thing we create can be bought through our own on line shop – www.zoebradleyshop.com.
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS: ZOE BRADLEY & LIBERTY
It will be 10 years ago this summer when I was asked by Liberty to create their 2005 Christmas windows. I had just finished collaborating with Michiko Koshino on her SS 2005 where I had used pleated paper in a series of showpieces for the catwalk show. The creative of VM at Liberty had seen the show and wanted a slice of this for Liberty! The brief was to come up with something spectacular and modern with a fashion edge – to help sell their artisan crafted products. The idea of using paper was mooted to tie in with Christmas – although reindeer printed-paper was out! I decided to pursue the idea of using luxury iridescent papers. These had a wonderful luminous lustre that captured the spirit of Christmas. I drew upon my previous experience of working with designer Alexander McQueen to design and create exaggerated silhouettes in paper. At the time my tiny studio in Holborn was above a shop. So Liberty kindly let me use the rafters of the store to work day and night with my team to create thousands of pleats for a dress that grew within the windows as shoppers passed by!
The result was an immediate success and marked a journey into creating spectacles for windows and a desire to create more challenging shapes in paper. As a medium in plentiful supply, its versatility fuelled my creative mind. Scroll forward over the last decade and I find myself back in Liberty. Having been asked to create several floral installations to launch their exclusive floral Liberty prints. Our paper art installation can be found on the 3rd floor, celebrating ‘The Flowers of Liberty ‘ home line. Its seems fitting with this first blog post. My team and I are celebrating 10 incredible years working in paper and we have come full circle to where it all began!