“The invitation to work on Side by Side with Siobhan Davies Dance came almost two years ago. At the time I was incredibly excited at the prospect of working with and in a discipline outside of my own, but one that has connected thinking. My excitement remains. The chance to work up close with Laila and to think about making and process is exhilarating for me and I hope that I have approached this time with all my senses alert. I see it is an opportunity to be able to think anew and from different viewing points. The challenges this project brings are here to embrace – I am imagining working in new ways, being knocked off some preconceived ideas and that from this something that I cannot yet imagine may be revealed.” June 2012

Helen Carnac

Craft Artist

Helen Carnac is an artist, maker, curator and academic who lives and works in London. Central to her practice as a maker and a thinker are, drawing, mark-making, the explicit connections between material, process and maker, and an emphasis on deliberation and reflection.

Helen is actively involved in developing dialogue within the Crafts, having developed numerous talks and events for makers over the past ten years. In 2006 she was co-chair for the Association for Contemporary Jewellery’s conference Carry the Can, and in 2009 she was awarded a Cultural leadership fellowship in the Crafts in order to develop ideas about how the Crafts are communicated. She also curated the national touring show Taking Time: Craft and the Slow Revolution, which opened at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2009.

Helen often works in interdisciplinary environments and is currently working with various designers and artists on projects, including a DJ, textile artists, scientists, fine artists, choreographers, a performance artist, furniture designer and silversmith. She has worked extensively in the UK and USA, and in 2011 as a guest Professor at Kunsthochschule Weissensee, Berlin. She is a member of the collaborative making project Intelligent Trouble, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Helen’s current and recent projects include: Walking/Talking/Making (with Russell Martin and Paul Harper, 2010 and ongoing); Marking Place (Sint Lucas, Antwerp, 2011); Intelligent Trouble (The Institute of Making, Kings College London, 2011); The Tool at Hand (Milwaukee Art Museum and touring, 2011/12); Drawing, Permanence and Place, (Kunstverein, Coburg, 2012).

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