The Dual Works is a shared creative studio in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, UK. We are Zoe Robertson and Stephen Snell. Together we work on our own artistic projects, undertake commissions and teach you the skills to make your own projects.Find out more about our personal work here or visit we make to see our recent commissions
I MAKE – we work on our individual artistic projects
WE MAKE – we work to clients briefs creating bespoke commissions
YOU MAKE – we teach you the skills to undertake your own projects
Introducing our individual artist practice
Award winning jewellery artist Zoe Robertson’s current studio practice explores themes relating to jewellery within performance. She creates theatrically sized jewellery, experiments on the edges of the discipline and enjoys working collaboratively. She is co-founder of The Dual Works an artist studio based in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter and her work is exhibited within an international arena
The interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of her works moves beyond jewellery and into the fields of performance, sound, and dance. As seen in her latest solo exhibition flockOmania2 this cross disciplinary approach enables her to create experiential and immersive environments which invite audience interaction and participation.
This open-minded approach to challenging the boundaries of jewellery coupled with an intuitive relationship with materials is the driving force and motivation behind her work. Design ideas arise by experimenting with a breadth of unconventional materials often industrial in nature and the combination of these processes continually serve to initiate a visual language which is capitalised upon to create her work. The physicality of the objects is important and materials that evoke a sensory response play an important part in the vocabulary for her creative decisions
She has become increasingly interested in objects that are animated or activated by a bodily movement and started to define this as performing jewellery. She explores the visual and multi-sensory relationships between the objects, the body, and space by researching key themes such as body extensions, movement and dual wearability.
Her work is exhibited within an international arena and images of her work are published extensively which you can see on her website www.zoerobertson.co.uk For her latest work and solo show see flockOmania You can follow Zoe on //twitter.com/_Zoe_Robertson
Sellotape Cinema are artists Stephen Snell and Steven Chamberlain a duo who use found visual footage, field recordings and audio traces to provide a visual and aural canvas. Analogue technologies are utilized in the construction of artist manufactured equipment in which the duo create film worked directly onto sticky tape. These are played through specially adapted projectors alongside ‘drawing drums’ and ‘sonic machines’ that draw and produce sound
Sellotape Cinema creates film worked directly onto sticky tape and played through a specially adapted projector. This medium lends itself to processes usually associated with experimental film, montage, direct to film techniques, as well as media specific techniques, notably ‘flayed paper’.