The UK Craft Residency supports an established designer/maker at a key stage in their career. It enables the artist to undertake research, explore new ideas and make significant developments in their practice within the context of Cove Park’s international and cross-disciplinary programme. Previous residents on this programme include Linda Brothwell, Linda Florence, Charlotte Linton, Lina Peterson, Joe Pipal, Celia Pym, James Rigler, Will Shannon, James Thompson and Max Warren.
Stoff Studios is a partnership founded in 2015 between textile designer Carys Briggs and furniture maker Andrew Mason. Carys studied printed textiles at both Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, London, while Andrew has a background in sculpture; graduating from Camberwell College of Art in 2009.
Working from their two studio spaces in South East London, the duo use traditional methods to create refined collections of textiles and furniture. They take a humble approach to their practice, drawing inspiration from the materials they work with: the joy of dyes applied to fabric or the clarity brought about by a well placed joint. Often concentrating on either a single piece or a small batch of works they produce objects with a tactile nature, designed to work together in the home.
The fabric pieces are inspired by gestural mark making and mono printing techniques and their soft lines are reflected in the fluid, sculptural forms of our furniture.
Carys and Andrew aim to produce truly collaborative collections, utilising their two fields of knowledge to create a more studied, detailed response to initial inspirations, taking account of how the finished pieces, and the materials they are made from, exist within a wider context.
Image: Survey Collection, 2017