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London Craft Week Performance: Not all roses are romantic…

This performance is part of London Craft Week, inspired by our current exhibition Wild & Cultivated: Fashioning the Rose

This one-day event focuses upon fashion artist Jo Cope’s installation for London Craft Week called The Feminist Rose (2021). Jo has collaborated with curator Amy de l a Haye, sustainable flower designer Shane Connolly and performance artist Hollie Miller to explore debates around feminism; analogies between roses and the (mostly) female body and lifecycle; sustainability and the cut roses trade.

Hollie Miller will perform a ‘human plant hybrid’ provocation involving figurative poses that blur the boundaries between people, objects and environments. She will be accompanied by readings from Amy and Shane. The costumes and props created by Jo Cope are mostly made using up-cycled waste materials. There are four performances and a lunchtime conversation between the participants (we invite you to eat your lunch with us), followed by questions and discussion.

Schedule

11.00 – 11.20 Performance
12.00 – 12.20 Performance
12.30 – 13.30 A conversation with Jo Cope, Amy de la Haye, Shane Connolly, Hollie Miller and Garden Museum Curator Emma House
14.00 – 14.20 Performance
15.00 – 15.20 Performance

More about London Craft Week: londoncraftweek.com

Bios

  • Jo Cope

    Jo Cope

    Jo Cope is a UK based female contemporary fashion artist pushing boundaries in fashion, art, performance and craft crossovers for almost two decades.

    Jo's interest is in creating a new role for shoes in which they become socially active vessels which narrate human centred stories.

    Jo works with Shelter the UK homeless charity as a Creative Projects Consultant and in 2020 she curated the Shoes Have Names exhibition bringing together 10 shoe designers with 10 previously homeless individuals. Jo sees her practice as an opportunity to give people a voice, her work is often centred around female narratives and as a dyslexic artist she is also an ambassador for Neurotoxicity with Design Nation UK. Her work has been represented at a diverse range of prestigious events and exhibitions worldwide; including the Venice Design Biennale 2021, London Craft Week, Fashion Matters at Buckingham Palace 2018 and Material Movement Gala at Sadler's Wells Theatre 2017, History of walking at The Museum of Decorative Arts Paris 2020.

  • Hollie Miller

    Hollie Miller

    Hollie Miller is a performance artist using her body as a material to make image based work. She has performed internationally in galleries, museums, land art and performance art festivals. She has been awarded artist residencies at: Hogchester Arts (UK), NAIRS Contemporary Art Centre (CH), Serlachius Museum (FI) and La Ira de Dios (AR). Select performances include: MEM Experimental Festival Bilbao (ES), Land Art Biennale Art Safiental (CH), Revolve Performance Art Days (SE), London’s Biennale of International Performance Art & Noise, Apulia Land Art Festival (IL) and 100 Years DADA (JP). Exhibitions include: South Kiosk, UK Mexican Arts Society, Airspace Gallery, NewBridge Project and Baltic39 Gallery (UK). She holds an MA from Royal College of Art (2016) and a BPA from Northern School of Contemporary Dance (2010).

Image: Jo Cope