A Purely Selfish Act is a series of pieces from designer Stacey Mead. Having recently completed her masters in Surface Pattern Design at Swansea College of Art this will be her first solo exhibition, where she explores the use of pattern in hard materials. The collection includes laser cut and engraved panels that are designed to be used as large scale interior and exterior wall cladding. Using layering Mead combines surface treatments to conceal some areas of design and reveal others.

The collection is inspired by Mead’s need to make, when starting a project she finds that to spur her creativity she needs to be playful. Taking everyday things, Mead creates objects that she can then draw and photograph to produce imagery for her design work. From this playful start she moves into digital design to allow her to add surface treatments to a range of hard materials.

The title ‘A Purely Selfish Act’ comes from the idea that Stacey Mead only makes to satisfy her own needs.  She does not make to show anyone else but to fulfil a desire to create, an outlet for her own enjoyment. The things she makes can be useful, they can decorate or respond to a brief but deep down the main reason for her creativity is for her own benefit and therefore ‘A Purely Selfish Act’.

Join us on Thursday 19 July, 6-8pm, for the opening of the exhibition.

Workshop: Make Draw Make
Saturday 1 September, 2 – 4pm
Artist Stacey Mead guides you through the techniques she uses to develop her designs. You will take a selection of everyday objects and make them into an abstract still life – then creatively develop a series of inspired, imaginative drawings.
Making materials provided. Please bring your own drawing materials and paper.
Ages 16+
£8. Click here to book.