In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but either suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or merely appearing to be so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or the class of building to which it belongs.
Working in collaboration with designer and sugar artist Fernando Laposse, Bethan will lead a workshop that explores the pattern, colour and architectural possibilities of sugar. Creating a stained glass sugar folly, participants will aim to tempt Hansel and Gretel back into the forest!
Bethan Laura Wood graduated with an MA in Product Design from the Royal College of Art, where she studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper. Since then, Bethan has undertaken residencies with London’s Design Museum, W Hotel Mexico city and worked in collaboration with artisans in Venice & Vicenza. Her work has been purchased by both Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains Lausanne and the ABET museum. Bethan regularly holds lectures and talks and currently teaches on the MA in Design and MA in Luxury at ECAL Switzerland.
Bethan’s work aims to rediscover, explore and celebrate different attributes and aspects of the « mundane », combined with research into the constituent elements of a modern city. Often focusing on the pattern, colouration and patination of objects, the result of the making process and subsequent traces of usage.
Locality and Residency based projects have also become an important factor to her design process, often working in response to the area in which she resides. Be it collaborating directly with local manufacturing, or reflecting elements particular to that area within the work.
Bethan is fascinated by the connections we make with the objects that surround us and, as a collector herself, likes to explore what drives people to hold onto a particular object yet discard another.
In 2013, Bethan was announced as one of the winners of Designers of the Future Award sponsored by W Hotels, received the UK Ketel One Vodka modern craft legacy Prize and won Design Week’s rising star award. Bethan opened her first solo show at The Aram Gallery in collaboration with Nilufar Gallery, during the 2013 LDW week. The show has now been shortlisted in two categories for the Dulux colour awards 2014. Also, her collections Totem and Moon Rock were shortlisted for Product of the Year and Furniture of the year respectively in the London Design Museum’s Designs of the Year Awards 2012. Her most recent projects include set designs for Hermes UK, a collaboration with Kvadrat and installations at the Ace Hotel. Bethan’s work has been exhibited widely, most recently at the ICA, Serpentine Gallery, V&A Museum of Childhood, Geffrye Museum or Dutch Design Week 2014.
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