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lifecycle - Jenny Swann + Michelle Brand. Curated by Susan Lambert

Date: 14 December 2009 - 22 January 2010


A MoDiP exhibition curated by Susan Lambert

Lifecycle will present the works of eco-designer-maker Michelle Brand alongside poems by Jenny Swann, written in response to the works on display.

Every product/artwork that will form part of this exhibition has been derived from a standard PET (polyethylene terephthalate – a versatile material that is fully recyclable) bottle, and will encompass hanging panels, fashionwear, sculptures and photographs presenting the products as artworks, all exhibited alongside the poems. Susan Lambert, curator of Lifecycle, states: “Products and poetry present the unseen beauty within throwaway by-products of consumer society, creating a discourse on the perceptions and presumptions surrounding beauty and disgust.”

The poems have been composed in direct response to the products/artworks and will form an integral part of the exhibition, presented as a visual, as well as forming the core of the text+work publication.

This exhibition is curated by Susan Lambert, Consultant to MoDiP (Museum of Design in Plastic) situated at the Arts University College at Bournemouth.


Jenny Swann

Jenny Swann, poet, studied English Literature at the University of York and Art History at the Courtauld Institute. After working at the Tate Gallery and the V & A, she moved to Manchester, where she worked as a freelance writer and lecturer, holding workshops at the Manchester Art Gallery to encourage audiences to use paintings as an inspiration for poetry. Her poetry has been published in four collections, Flesh Tones, Soft Landings, Stay and, most recently, Bread and Butter Pudding. She was awarded a Writer's Bursary by the Arts Council in 2001. She has been a prize-winner in various poetry competitions, including the Cardiff International, and her work has been broadcast on Radio 4's 'Poetry Please'. She was poetry editor at Five Leaves Press before setting up her own poetry publishing press, Candlestick Press (www.candlestickpress.co.uk), which has recently teamed up with the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, to publish ‘The Twelve Poems of Christmas’.

Michelle Brand

Michelle Brand, eco-designer-maker, studied Product Design and Development at the University of Salford and Bioclimatic Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is currently Designer in residence at Emerge Recycling. Previously she has been Artist in residence at LIME investigating creative closed loop feed back systems within the NHS waste chain. Awards and prizes include post-graduate bursary, AHRC, 2003; prize winner, Reworked Exhibition, Washington Gallery, Wales, 2006; Arts Council North West grant, 2006; gold award in Environment section at the 9th Annual British Female Inventors and Innovators Network, 2007; and Editor's Choice (Inhabitat) at HauteGREEN, New York, 2007. Her work has been exhibited in Milan, New York and Paris as well as in Britain. Currently ‘Cascade Lancashire’ is featured in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, which has a distribution of over one million homes worldwide, at $12000.

Susan Lambert

Susan Lambert, curator, studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute and then worked for many years at the Victoria and Albert Museum where, latterly, she was Keeper of the Word & Image Department (Prints, Drawings, Paintings & Photographs and the National Art Library). She was also responsible for establishing the first gallery of 20th century world design at the V&A and for setting up the Contemporary Programme in order to attract younger audiences to the Museum. She had a special interest in outreach, and especially with the impact of art and design in hospitals. She has been Honorary Head of the Museum of Design in Plastics since 2007. Her publications include ‘Drawing: Technique’ and ‘Purpose’, London, 1984, ‘Image Multiplied’, ‘Five Centuries of Printed Reproductions’, London, 1987, ‘Form Follows Function?’ ‘Design in the 20th Century’, London, 1995 and ‘Prints’, ‘Art and Techniques’, London, 2001.

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