Guildford Cathedral was designed in the 1930's as an Art Deco re-interpretation of the English Gothic Cathedral by the architect Edward Maufe. The Cathedral was built between 1936-1961. Edward Maufe worked in close partnership with his wife, Prudence Maufe, to realise the Cathedral's interior design elements. Prudence was a director of Heal's London department store. She worked with a team of exemplary craftspeople comprised of professional designer/makers and members of the public to realise the textiles and other elements of the Cathedral.
As a starting point on our residency we have been visiting the archive at Guildford Cathedral, photographing the building and making artwork in a studio space within the Cathedral space.
It's proving to be a fantastic opportunity for us to develop our specialisms in architecture, research and paper crafts within a unique and inspiring environment.
We are mainly using paper crafts, especially origami, as our medium for re-interpreting the architecture and interior design of the Cathedral to make some initial work. We've also been experimenting with incorporating the digital through creating a short test for stop motion of the paper work of our paper cut sculptures of a dove that is a motif incorporated within the interior and exterior of the Cathedral.