PATTERN PORTRAITS BY LAUREN GODFREY
‘Pattern Portraits’ is the first in a series of textile-based installations at Coal Drops Yard, designed with social and environmental circularity in mind. These textile art pieces were part of a giant art installation by Artist Lauren Godfrey. The project is both a celebration of the significance and ubiquitousness of pattern and an exploration of sustainable and regenerative textiles in art and fashion, as well as a reflection of the people of King’s Cross.
The flags are created from Global Organic Textile Standard [GOTS]-certified Hemp Slub and 100% recyclable. To create the designs, Godfrey worked with students from Central Saint Martins’ at King’s Cross who are completing the BA Textiles Design course and from STORE Store, an initiative based in Coal Drops Yard that helps local young people into applied creative courses. Participants assembled patterned fabrics and clothes of their own in colliding and undulating combinations, before drawing them in the mode of still life: a meditative, mindful exercise in observation, abstraction and colour application. Godfrey then distilled the drawings into bold and arresting shapes and colours.
The resulting designs were transformed into this series of large-scale flags that created a giant quilt in the sky: a portrait of the people who were involved in its making and, in turn, the area of King’s Cross itself. It references the age-old practice of flag-making and considers the future of the textile industry. The flags on sale have been split up into pastels (beautifully sun bleached) and brights (original acid prints) based on their level exposure to the elements during their time installed outside in Coal Drops Yard.
There are only 20 flags available for sale, the rest of the remaining flags are being reworked into clothing which will be available at Kiosk N1C in Coal Drops Yard and online early 2021.
Dimensions: 88cm x 115cm
Individual flags cost £75 each and profits go towards an access fund for Central Saint Martins students. Please note all flags do have signs of use, this is the second life of the textile.