ON SHOW: London designer Phoebe English will be taking her aesthetic from the runway to the gallery come May, when she debuts an installation at the Now Gallery on London’s Greenwich Peninsula. The designer will showcase a hanging installation made up of over 30 kilograms of hand-stitched silver glass beads, which will hang the length of the 22-foot high space, her largest installation to date. “It’s going to be quite a striking, glistening glass textile piece,” said English. Alongside the installation, there will be an exhibition that looks at English’s design process, with sketchbooks, photographs, textile swatches and research images. The exhibition will be called “Floating, Falling, Drowning, Flying: An Instrospection of Process.”
English, whose past installations have numbered a black tulle galleon set up in the window of Dover Street Market’s London store for its tenth anniversary and a cabinet filled with glass jars called “An Accumulation of Nothing” at Comme des Garçons’ Trading Museum store in Paris, said her work encompasses design in the broadest sense. “When you have a label you end up designing a lot of other things other than just your clothes – how you want your Web site to look, what you want all your paperwork to look like – and you end up being a designer of everything really. Doing the installations is for me just really a continuation of the clothes I make, it’s all part of the same body of work,” she said.
Jemima Burrill, the curator at Now Gallery, noted that “the precision of English’s working process, matched with the clear conceptualization of her design made her the perfect candidate for Now Gallery’s first fashion commission.” The exhibition will open May 21 and runs through August 9.