iiish is the creator of Blub, she makes squishy and colourful solution for the unnecessary need to make your space into one Dr Seuss would be proud of.
Brain Blub is a further exploration of the world of Blub, It will be a comfy womb to relax and dream. A soft sculpture that is a vision for the eyes and a comfort for your bums.
Verb (to blub)
Noun (a blub)
EYOH are five 2nd year Architecture Students at the Bartlett school of Architecture, who are interested in exploring different areas of design, be that from buildings or artworks to a more environmental awareness. They make challenging designs to create unique experiences.
In Drift Off colourful meshy fabric panels provide an experience both from far away and within. With subtle glimpses of openings beyond this translucent wall, festival goers can brush their way through the fabric to the inside or walk through it. Enjoy endless combinations of colour from different viewpoints that will constantly shift in the breeze and changing light of the day.
Floom is part of an ongoing investigation that aims to rethink the narrative and purpose of ordinary objects. By day you see floating flooms but at night these tubular forms begin to glow with ambient light. This strange space invites people to sit, interact and relax.
Charlie Boyden is the lead designer on Floom, working with Jack Boyden and Daniel Beaven as a part of Works in Process, a collective that showcases works that visualise the possibilities of materials, objects and narrative, through process heavy solutions.
In his work Charlie breaks things, make things and fixes things, to explore objects, experiences and materials. With a degree in Interaction Design, his work verges on the edge of sculpture, design and fine art and aims to challenge function in the objects of our everyday lives.
Josephine is an East London based mix media artist transgressing ideas of accepted beauty through the deconstruction of the body. The strong cord that connects her work is the visual analysis on the onslaught of female homogeneous images and how technology shapes the vision and ideals of what is desirable. Her creative practice moves between art and design, teaming with industry clients creating installations, products and illustrations for Gilles Peterson, Boiler Room, Havana Club and British Council to working with a diverse range of schools using art workshops as an expressive healing tool.
Follow Your Heart is about the personal journey to achieve hopes and dreams as opposed to society’s pressure of what is expected of you. Drawing from feeling that life can be a labyrinth where you feel lost trying to find your way, the installation is a large colourful screen where festival goers move the heart along the paths on the board to connect to the women’s chest. On the flipside is an audience blackboard this welcomes all to share their thoughts and reactions to Follow Your Heart .
Natalie is always surrounded by tools and dust. Her work has been focused on inviting people in by building immersive environments. These spaces invite the viewer to participate in a temporary world, often through physical action. Natalie believes ‘Joy’ is the key to her work and more broadly, the art world too. Through joy, she invites people to engage with her pieces. Whoever you are, you are more than welcome to dance alone but it’s always better with others.
For Brainchild, Natalie is building Homage to the Playground, inspired by The Playground installation she assisted on last year. Taking some of the structural forms that existed in the previous work, she has entirely reinvented its purpose, transitioning from active play to playful rest in a series of colourful hammocks which hang from all angles. When you’re looking for somewhere to chill over the weekend, you can bet this will answer your prayers.
Joe considers himself to be a prop maker and a ‘heart breaker’. Unsure how true the latter is, but he insisted on putting it in this bio. Klaus is an artist and refuses to do any rhyming. klaus and joe have been friends for many years but have never collaborated before. This could be the start of something wonderful or a quick realisation that they don’t actually get along and unsure why they’ve hung out all these years.
Together they are building i tread on air and contemplate the sun – an installation which sets the scene for a dramatic tale. Be part of the tragedy. Be part of the comedy. It’s like having a good time but knowing it’s actually thanks to your medication. It’s like scattering your grandmother’s ashes and have them plaster your face. It’s like another analogy of a funny/tragic thing happening. It’s like an alanis morissette song. klaus and joe are bringing the theatre to you. Walk through the set and create your story. Touch them. Move them. Honour the gods and join the chorus.
Molly is a multidisciplinary designer who works predominantly with 3D, Illustration and Surface Pattern Design. Her bold and playful style has led her to make works for a broad range of projects including creating textile designs in collaboration with K Swiss and her installation for Brainchild.
Illogical Land is an immersive and interactive art installation focused around the theme of human pollution. Set in the future where human waste has caused plants and crops to die out completely, a formula is created by the government in order to enrich the soil again. The formula then results in enormous mutated plants beginning to grow, poisonous to the touch and carnivorous too. The installation focuses around a world where humans are no longer in power and the natural environment begins to take matters into its own hands.
The installation resembles a dense dystopian forest through the use of distorted natural forms. The aesthetics of the installation aim to bring to light the importance and power of the natural environment and how we should appreciate the beauty of nature and work together to ensure its well being. The piece is very large in scale so that spectators are able to walk around and explore this alternate world.
Chlorophyll Collective consists of three nature loving, festival going artists working together to create a mosaic between the natural and synthetic world. Their name – Chlorophyll – is self-explanatory, absorbing light and reflecting light, much like their work.
Kaleidoscopic Forest is an installation made from the forest, filtering light and shadow with colourful frames which adorn the trees – branches, sky, leaves become ethereal when looking through a physical filter. Colours overlap creating new colours – orange, blues, reds, yellows. Looking up and exploring space, these hanging mobiles create a kaleidoscope of colour, constantly transforming, providing a break from the festival hustle bustle.
Natasha is a creative whose work spans the immersive, the critical and the futuristic. At the heart of a lot of her work is an innate curiosity for people, the way they navigate the world and the human experience. This rests in her belief that human-centered design can help solve some of the biggest problems. Whether personally or as a planet this is the only way to build a future to look forward to.
For Brainchild she is building Kaleidoscopic Visions, a giant kaleidoscope which will act as a portal to a Brainchild that people have never seen before.
ebb is a recently formed collective comprised of artists Lisa Darrer, Claire Pritchard and Rosalind Wilson working across a range of disciplines. matter that settles will be their first collaborative piece.
Envisaging the site of Brainchild as a basin, a series of boulder-scale masses made from waste, manmade materials will become moveable fragments of land. The Brainchild community will become the active agent in the installation; touching, mounting and rolling the masses to remap the festival terrain like tides depositing silt.
By repurposing polystyrene, plastics and pulped waste, destined for landfill, these inorganic materials will mimic organic forms. At a time where it is increasingly crucial to speed up our understanding and find solutions to the Earth’s sustainability, the masses will become monuments of this urgency. Pulped paper, waste, dye and luminescent pigment spread over the surface of the masses like lichen on rocks. The fungi-like skin reminds us of naturally occurring processes and systems that could provide solutions to these burgeoning issues.
In Situ are a design studio championing youth culture with a commitment to engaging with and supporting young people. Inspired by the DIY ethos of hip hop and street cultures, In Situ creates interactive installations for music and cultural events, exploring the intersection between the physical and digital.
Monumental.net stands as a tribute to the Internet. The installation plays with the idea of perspective – a quality so often lacking in the digital world we inhabit. The view from most angles is a clutter of pixels and information, however when viewed from a specific point the overall picture of the piece comes together to reflect the great connecting potential of the internet, to help foster DIY movements at a local and global scale.
Ed is a visual artist who works across many mediums. He collaborated on the giant interactive pods in the woods year before last and co-founded Platform Projects in 2016 which runs a gallery and residency program at Platform Southwark where the Brainchild office used to be based.
Nothing to be Frightened of is an installation that responds to recent personal experiences of grief. The work is a meditation on time and mortality, whereby each reflective flag symbolises a moon cycle he will live through until his life expectancy is up. The flags occupy the space in the boundary of the woodland, addressing the fear of what’s beyond, whilst questioning whether it needs to be feared at all.
Georgie is an artist from South London who spends her time making colourful things. She teaches children how to make things whilst also helping out with installation pieces for other wonderful artists.
Orb land is a warm and colourful space to lie and chill in, a big old geodesic womb pod where you and your friends can smush as the festival whirls on around you.
Seyi is an Architectural Designer and Maker, with a passion for creating immersive art installations that reimagine our public spaces. She hopes to transform the way we experience our urban surroundings and empower local communities through sustainable, self-build design projects. Her work uses the Arts as a tool to encourage us to make the most of our resources by having a more meaningful and conscious relationship with material objects.
Seyi is a committee member for Black Females in Architecture, who actively promote the beautiful ways of making with recycled plastic through fun and creative workshops, and is member of RUSS Self-Build Community Land Trust based in Lewisham.
This year, Seyi is showcasing Plastic Pavilion – an installation which aims to highlight the wasteful nature of single-use plastic, and challenges the public perception of an everyday material by inspiring people with its beautiful and creative potential.
The piece is a large undulating canopy made of thousands of plastic bottles filled with coloured water which will transform the outdoor space into a serene oasis. Lie down and let your imagination wander as you gaze above at the glistening colours.
Kavitha’s practice focuses on how pure formalist tools of colour and form can work coherently together to draw the attention of the public through painting, sculpture, installation and digital art.
The blobfish is a very misunderstood fish. The Ugly Animal Preservation Society awarded the blobfish as the ugliest fish of the deep sea. The blobfish gives a voice to the “mingers who always get forgotten”. The installation Sadbags commemorates its beautiful ugliness in the form of an interactive and colourful soft play sculpture with moaning sounds recorded from the artist’s voice to play alongside the piece. Listen closely and you’ll hear the blobfish whispers of sweet nothings come to life.
Cathy is a textile artist who makes community driven artworks with an emphasis on play, collaboration, and group learning. She has a joyful style with an emphasis on unusual combinations of textures, and a playful approach to colour and shape. Alongside smaller personal textile works, she runs workshops which celebrate and explore the journey of creating together rather than focussing on a specific visual outcome.
Sail Shades will be made in a workshop series with young people who face barriers to accessing arts opportunities, bringing a bright and colourful community-made canopy to the Brainchild field.
Shred-It! Collective is made up of five young creatives working across fashion, architecture, fabrication and theatre design. Their aim is to create installations that bring a bit of fun and colour to the world. They do this through creating unique, ephemeral pieces which are often evocative of marine or alien life. Their first installation was The Reef at last years Brainchild festival, since then we have expanded, creating several installations for festivals and events.
This year Brainchild has attracted an unexpected visitor. There is something living amongst the trees; something alien, something growing. A life form has settled in the woods and has begun to spread it’s tendrils. Breathing in and out, reaching wider and wider, it seemingly draws on the energy of the trees and the earth below. The colourful pulsating globules grow and shrink, inflating and deflating with an eerie rhythm. As the shapes grow and shrink a tranquil peace descends upon Brainchild; the cares of the party goers are drawn away, absorbed by the colourful, convulsing mass of this strange beast.
SPORE is an installation piece intended to bring an other-wordly quality to the woods of Brainchild. It is a series of constantly breathing shapes hung in amongst the trees. Softly glowing through the night, the piece promises to become a party-worthy centrepiece.
Alex is a painter based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His playful and humorous work takes many forms, ranging from digital drawings created on MS Paint, to large scale interactive installations and painted murals. Whatever the medium, Alex’s work is always, in some way or another, related to food. Most of the time it is simply the aesthetic qualities of a certain food that engage him (he’s always painting fried eggs for example, and he’s no idea why). But it is also the cultural qualities that certain foods may carry and the social environments they create. Cafes, restaurants and kitchens where people gather and food is both created and consumed are a key point of interest for him and the inspiration behind him designing this year’s food tents at Brainchild.
Lois’s ethos explores how colour can have positive effects on people and places. Through her work she explores fluidity and capturing the movement of time. Instantly recognisable, her work has transcended multiple platforms and avenues whilst maintaining a unique approach to the viewing experience of shape and colour.
For Brainchild she is designing the Main Stage, creating something that reminds people of the sea but in a subtle way. Allowing the curvy shapes and bold colours to really sing and tell a story. The shapes of the wood reflect her signature style, encouraging festival-goers to dance along with the movement of the design.
apastoreality is an architectural design studio designing the DJ stage in the woods at Brainchild. You might rememeber their previous pieces ‘Minty Cabin’ and ‘A Bigger Throne’ which were key features at Brainchild 2018 and 2017.
Their design for The Shack is overgrown with floral formations. These golden flowers are created from foil emergency blankets so that they appear like an alien life form, changing colour and transparency in varied light. Symbolically charged, the blankets transform into celebratory glistening blossoms at night, and gently rustle and whisper in the quiet of the morning.
Beddow n Battini are an interdisciplinary multi-ethnic art collective fuelled by London life and whacky-wonderful ’what ifs’. Wumzum is a longtime member of the collective and london-based illustrator. Thematically he is interested in translating his life experiences, the people that he has encountered and the things that bind them together. This way of working has led to his works being heavily influenced by music, urban culture and community. Topically, his pieces reflect ideas of Empowered Afrofuturism and social commentary.
For Brainchild Wumzum is illustrating The Silences. This piece is a Play on the house of horrors experience. A life-size comic Piece that asks the audience to walk through its makeshift open pages to be challenged by the series of images. Each Panel Illustrated by Giant Mono coloured Themes touching on Different world views.
The work will Look like a Giant 6 Page comic with Wumzum creating a live piece of art on the back for a full immersive and interactive experience.
Since graduating from Chelsea college of Art in textile design, Amy has worked on a range of creative projects including set design for film, site specific murals, interactive installations, interiors and art workshops. Her multi media work is always lead by colour, pattern and creating a sense of play. Currently based in London she has previously exhibited work in Paris as part of TexSelect UK and worked as a textile designer in India.
Zig.Zag, her installation for Brainchild, is a zingy space to lie down, chill and chat. It’s a metal zigzag structure made up of giant paintings, reversible patterns and hand dyed tassel’s that encourages people to crawl inside the colour and take shelter from the rest of the festival.