Enamel colour swatches nearly ready for Amiens Project. These 2 metre strips are being made at AJ Wells, vitreous enamellers on the Isle of White. All the colours chosen have been matched to colours found in the Hortillonage, the floating gardens of Amiens. These will be installed in the next couple of weeks after being fixed to oak sculptures and installed in the Gardens. This is a public engagement project where the public choose the names of the colours via text and a website. http://www.jardinschromatiques.fr – the results will go to form a colour chart for the gardens. The opening of Amiens festival is 14th June.
I have another project in Amiens again this year – This time to work specifically with the Hortillonage or floating gardens – I and the other selected artists and Garden designers (French and English) all met up a few weekends ago – where we discussed our projects and visited the sites. There are some really interesting projects being developed.
I will continue with the colour Library , first exhibited at Fabrica – this will be the first time it has been done in another language and will be done using a series of enamel colour swatches installed onto wooden sculptures (otherwise known as posts) and based on the colour in and around the gardens. It will also be the first time where the public will be able to interact with the project using smart phones and social media.
The hortillonages of Amiens or “floating gardens” cover 300 hectares of the River Somme. There are 65km of small canals, and are situated right in the heart of the city. Used as market gardens, they have been cultivated since the Middle Ages. The Mussée du Picardie has an island that is used as an exhibition space . This is where I am showing my Video piece.
The ‘Velvet’ Video is an 8 minute piece using the swatches documented at The Toscan Velvet Factory, Amiens. The Video is being projected onto a specially produced ‘linen velvet’ screen by Toscan for the exhibition. The swatches date back to the 1860′s and go right up until the 1960′s. They will be projected continually onto the velvet screen until September with the intention of altering the colour of the velvet screen in the area where the swatches have been projected. Its possible to see it at the Hortillonnage or in the Entrance Hall at the Mussée du Picardie –
I recommend the Hortillonnage though as its being shown on a small island and the only way to get to it is by a small boat. Very Romantic.