Loop.pH | Arborescence

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"This is a fantastical speculation about the future of light in the City – proposing a hybrid between trees and streetlights in order to create sustainable ‘living lighting’." - Loop.pH

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The finished and floating Arborescence on the Amsterdam canals; moving with the water, reflecting and animating, it is a piece suggestive of futuristic urban lighting. The team did such a great job installing this in the tough wintery conditions (whilst floating on a canal!) and it is a truly impressive statement and it is to remain installed for the duration of the Amsterdam Light Festival until January 18th 2015. 

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All Images in this post are courtesy of Loop.pH.

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Loop.pH | The Making of Arborescence

Whilst half of our team were working on the fabrication of Osmo in the studio, the other half went off to Amsterdam to install Arborescence for the Amsterdam Light Festival. Before they left, we were all manically working to weave all the Archilace sections, in the hope of making the install on water in Amsterdam a little easier! I loved the layers of archilace sections piled up on top of each other in the studio...nest like.

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A video made by Loop.pH documenting the team making Arborescence in Amsterdam...


Loop.pH | Osmo

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"An infinity membrane enveloped the viewers and invited them to bathe beneath the stars, whilst listening to an ambient soundscape with live sounds from outer space." - Loop.pH

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'Osmo; a beginners guide to constructing the universe' for Light Night Canning Town commissioned by The Brick Box. An immersive, star gazing experience, a surreal, other-worldly environment.  

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Loop.pH | Atmeture Video

Video created by Loop.pH documenting the ephemeral installation Atmeture in Letchworth Garden City.


Loop.pH | Atmeture

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                                                              Images courtesy of onedotzero.

Atmeture is an ephemeral  architectural installation, commissioned by onedotzero for the Letchworth Garden City Fire and Fright Festival. The woven archilace structure was present from October 28th - November 5th, but was animated on key nights of the festival when filled with smoke and inflating membranes, suggestive of breath.

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"The geometric latticework is performed when filled with transparent inflating membranes that are animated by being pumped with air, reminiscent of breath. The structure appears alive and breathing as it's rhythmically filled with swirling smoke, changing the opacity of the structure." - Loop,pH

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Rachel Wingfield and Mathias Gmachl  of Loop.pH with the rest of our team after finishing the install of Atmeture...such a pleasure to be working with such a fabulous group of creatives!

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Loop.pH | Constructing Atmeture

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Constructing Atmeture on location in Letchworth's Garden City.  The piece went from a geometric structure to a breathing, inflating, smoking structure over the course of the day/night. Seeing how the atmosphere changed within the piece over this period of time was very intriguing  - a completely different feel in the dark to in the light.

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Loop.pH | Osmo Explorations

"A beginners guide to constructing the universe."

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Osmo is a commission for Light Night Canning Town by  The Brick Box; exploring the idea of creating an urban star gazing experience. The photographs below are from our initial prototype designs...working with inflating a space by creating a membrane from Mila and punching constellation designs into the surface. The quality of light in this space is incredible! Finding the creation of physical space, and an immersive experiential environment from one simple material really intriguing at the moment...ideas to consider for my own practice (a solid structure is not always neccessary!)

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                                                               Images Courtesy of Loop.pH


Loop.pH | Letchworth Commission Explorations

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Working with fibreglass using a technique developed by Loop.pH called Archilace, we have been developing ideas for a commission for Letchworth Garden City's Fire & Fright Festival for onedotzero. Including inflatables to explore ideas surrounding breath, the installation will be a moving, breathing installation. We've been exploring the integration of inflatables, smoke and light with the structures in the studio, whilst testing material strengths and light qualities...more to come!

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Tactile Too Commission | Selected Artist for 2015

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TACTILE TOO is a contemporary textiles handling resource, showcasing the work of emerging Northwest textile makers. And I'm pleased to announce that I have been selected as one of the four Tactile Too Artists for 2015! Along with my fellow Manchester School of Art graduates Martina Billson, Christine Woodock, and Elnaz Yazdani we comprise of the final year of selected artists for the TACTILE TOO educational resource. 

The resource is used alongside the existing TACTILE, which comprises of works commissioned from some of the UK’s best-known and innovative textile makers. Focusing on makers that use textiles expressively, the resources are available for the public to look at, handle and gain inspiration from. 

I shall be back with updates on the progress of my commission in due course!


Loop.pH | Kensington Archilace Fabrication

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We've finalised the lace panel designs in the studio recently and have been lacing the final panels. It's exciting to see the patterns come together and I can't wait to see how they all come together in the final piece! Lots and lots of lacing ahead!

I'm almost at the end of my placement which was initially just for the Kensington Palace project, but excitingly have been asked to stay to work on a freelance basis on some new projects that are in the pipeline over the next few months for Loop.pH. There are also some new interns joining the team and I am to be involved in helping train them in the lace making techniques, so they can work alongside me in the finalisation of the Archilace piece. I'm really looking forward to passing on a skill set and to work alongside a new team of people! 


Loop.pH | Archilace Preperations

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Recently we've moved onto working at the scale that the Archilace panels will be laced at, to work closer towards the finalised design. There are still some small things to tweek before we start on the final piece with the electroluminescent (EL) wire...but the patterns are really starting to become visible at large scale now. Eight panels slightly larger than the one photographed above will be stitched together to create the final piece!

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I've also been getting my electric mindset back on again to prepare the EL wire for lacing, making sure that they can be wired up easily for animation once the lacing is finished. We will be using 256 bobbins and 4000 metres of EL wire to create the piece! An awful lot of bobbin making!!


Loop.pH | Lace Making

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Continuing to explore lace making designs - exploring patterns in the triangular forms that the installation shall be made up of and experimenting with lace border designs. Sampling, sampling, testing, testing. We're inching closer to having a finalised design for the piece.

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Loop.pH | LED Sonumbra

The first version of LED Sonumbra is a development from Loop.pH's original Sonumbra installations that used EL wire, the introduction of LED strip enabled the piece to be animated in it's changing colour patterns. After finishing fabricating this, this week, it travelled to Elton John's Garden Party and then onto a conference in Milan.

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All images in this post are courtesy of Loop.pH.


Loop.pH | LED Sonumbra Fabrication

As well as developing ideas and sampling for the Kensington Archilace project I have also been involved in fabricating the piece LED Sonumbra to be installed both at Elton John's Garden Party and a medical conference in Milan this weekend. 

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                                                               Images Courtesy of Loop.pH

Each individual LED strip was covered in gold foil and glass beads before we structurally constructed the installation's form. I also learnt a fair bit about electronic wiring this week - as I wired up all the strips to the circuit in order for them to be animated.

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I'm really enjoying being involved in all the aspects of creating these installations - learning new skills that aren't linked to a background in textiles but are practicalities of creating installation work.

Photographs from our install tests in the studio...

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Testing lighting animation...

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I shall be back to post updates of the final installation at Elton John's Garden Party soon! Next week I shall be back working on the development of the Kensington Archilace.


Loop.pH | Architectural Lace Making

In my first week at Loop.pH I've been learning about, and using different bobbin lace making techniques (usually used on a tiny scale) and have been expanding the stitch techniques to be used on an architectural scale! These will later develop into new patterns and lace designs to re-create a more developed design of the original Kensington Archilace.

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I've had a bit of experience before using lace making stitches ouside of their usual context when I worked on the Panoramic Pathways piece with Shane Waltener, at Nottingham Castle's Make Believe exhibition. But exploring different patterns, designs and structural qualities is new ground for me...

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We shall be continuing to explore potential pattern ideas for the new Kensington Archilace design next week...


Loop.pH | Internship

I have recently been offered the opportunity to intern for 6 weeks with the Loop.pH design team on the re-making of their Kensington Archilace installation at Kensington Palace. 

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Loop.pH is a Spatial Laboratory experimenting across the fields of design, architecture and the sciences and was formed as a new creative practice that reaches beyond specialist boundaries.

"As a studio we create visionary experiences and environments that allow people to dream and re-imagine new visions for our future. We explore the role of art and design in public space by working outside of the gallery, museum and laboratory."  -- Loop.pH

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                                                                 Images courtesy of Loop.pH

With my own practice developing out of a background in textiles into architectural installation, spanning both art and design worlds, the experience of working alongside a team that isn't tied to a specialism will be of great benefit to me in helping the development of my own practice. Furthermore Loop.pH's focus on creating experiences and environments to imagine and dream within, is an area that I have myself been exploring, most recently in the creation of the installation Iridescent Immersions.

I'm excited to get started and look forward to sharing details of my progress soon!


Iridescent Immersions | Manchester School of Art's Summer Programme

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After the Alwaysallwaysland 2014 exhibition drew to a close, I was approached by the Vertical Gallery manager to see if I would be open to Iridescent Immersions remaining installed for the summer programme of the gallery.

They are hoping to push the courtyard space as a place for students to create and use over the next year, and my installation has begun to attract people to the space that is so often overlooked. So they hope to use Iridescent Immersions to kick star this new initiative for the courtyard and I was more than happy for it to remain installed for longer.

So, if you haven't already seen the installation you now have till September to view it in situ!


Iridescent Immersions | Alwaysallwaysland 2014

The finished and installed Iridescent Immersions installation in the Benzie Building Vertical Gallery courtyard! I'm so pleased with the final result, it took a lot of work and I came across many un-foreseen challenges, but I have learnt so much about building installation work on this scale and in particular the challenges of having work outside. I feel I can develop so much for future installations from this! But for now, I am happy and proud to have produced this work for the Art School, I never would have thought I'd be creating work on such a scale by the end of my degree!

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Iridescent Immersions. An ever-changing installation reacting to wind movement and changing light qualities within the space. A sensory environment has been created, reacting to the harsh geometries and large block expanses of the surrounding space. With the intention of creating a surreal dream-like world, the installation draws people out from the buildings and encourages them to perceive the space differently; allowing them to interact with the work and appreciate the subtle environmental changes that affect it.

Below I have posted some images that have been popping up on Social Media, taken of Iridescent Immersions  from both within the installation and from other spaces within the Art School. It's been interesting to see other people's takes on my work and how they have experienced it!

                                                   Iridescent Immersions on Twitter and Instagram.                                                                                      #manchesterschoolofart #alwaysallwaysland #ursularoserae

                                                  Iridescent Immersions on Twitter and Instagram.                                                                                      #manchesterschoolofart #alwaysallwaysland #ursularoserae


Alwaysallwaysland 2014 | First Year of Textiles In Practice

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This week the first ever year of Textiles In Practice students have opened our degree show as part of Manchester School of Art's Alwaysallwaysland exhibition. I am so proud to be a part of this group of talented Textiles students! We are the first year group to have ever completed this course and from the look of our show it has got off to a great start.

It's very exciting to be the 'first' graduates, we have nothing to be compared to, and there were no expectations of what our show should be. We are a varied group, with work for fashion, interiors, fine art, architecture, art direction, and product. And our varied interests have bounced off each other over the course of three years to result in an exciting and innovative degree show of work! 

The show runs from June 14th - 25th 2014, with Textiles In Practice located on the ground and first floor of the Benzie Building. (10.00-18.00 Mon-Fri and 10.00-16.00 Sat/Sun)

Come take a look!


Manchester School of Art Vertical Gallery | Exterior Architectural Installation

After finding out that my installation proposal had been shortlisted, the panel asked if I would consider re-pitching an idea for an outside location...quite a challenge! Never having had to consider the durability of my work from exterior conditions, as well as the complications of fixings on the exterior of the building, there was a lot for me to explore and develop for my proposal. 

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As well as developing my work for an exterior context I also added further details to the piece, creating an overhead canopy as well as the drop down sections originally proposed for the interior. This will create a more immersive surrounding space within the vast expanse of the courtyard.

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After developing my ideas further and considering many technical aspects to the fabrication of the piece, I'm very excited to say that my proposal has been selected and I am to build my first exterior architectural installation in the courtyard of the Benzie Building's Vertical Gallery!

The chance for me to exhibit my work in an exterior installation context is such a fantastic opportunity, and will be a real learning experience! This will enable me to experience the challenges and complications of building large scale architectural work personally. An exciting (and a little terrifying) experience!