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uncomfortably/together
by Zannah Cooper

29th July - 9th August

Husk window gallery displays art by Zannah Cooper



Cushions bring comfort, colour and texture into our built environments. Humble and tangible, they can transform inhuman spaces into welcoming, hospitable places.

The cushions on display celebrate the cultural diversity within London by combining Indian silks with African cottons, Scottish tweeds with Japanese fabrics to name a few. The complementarity and contrast that result from bringing together the diverse cultural richness represented in these fabrics elevates each ones unique elements. Hand embroidery has also been added to some cushions to draw out certain details.

Working in prisons and hospitals, I am struck by how these often hostile-feeling institutional environments could become more welcoming spaces through the addition of colourful furnishings, such as handmade cushions, in their receptions.

Therefore I am selling these cushions based on a One for One model: when someone buys a cushion for him or herself, or as a gift, I will then donate one to a local hospital reception or prison visitor centre of their choice. The aim is to bring beauty and dignity into institutions for the benefit of staff, patients, inmates, visiting family and friends.

With a BA in Textiles and an MA in Material Futures from Central Saint Martins, I hope to bring creativity into local prisons and healthcare settings. I am starting a charity called Rise &Bloom- (Instagram see@rise_bloom_) to bring cooking and floristry courses into local prisons.

To Jo and Kylie who run Continuum and invited me to be part of it, to Soad, Alexia, Katherine and Elaine, and all the excellent Continuum and Husk staff who have encouraged me and helped to make this all possible, thank you!

Cushions, 2020
50cm x 50cm
£50 (a second cushion will be donated to either a hospital or prison reception)
Using a variety of Indian silks, cottons from across the globe and Scottish Tweed.
Some of the cushions are hand embroidered.


Email: z.cooper@arts.ac.uk
Instagram: @zannahs_textiles and @rise_bloom_

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Husk window gallery displays art by Zannah Cooper