A process of beading by Jeremy Walton and Jette Mellgren 2009
Chairs made using the simple process of threading beads on a string. Exploring the enjoyment, pride and passion in the production process. Originally made for the 2009 Dialogue exhibition at The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen to coincide with the COP 15 climate change summit.
Jette Mellgren is an expert at weaving anything that can bend.
The chair is made of urban drift wood, reclaimed cables, beads, willow, pride and passion.
The original concept was to make the leg beads from scratch after a set design. These legs are then tied together using extra beads as spacers. The original leg beads allow the easy weaving of various materials on to the frame.
The original leg beads never happened (not yet anyway, one day) The idea was to work with an industrial furniture producer and explore how to make the process of making furniture can incorporate a little more skill and passion for their workers. We are still working on that idea. So in the mean time old chair parts have been used to get started and move one step closer to testing out the overall idea of producing chairs using the process of beading.
No one makes water fountains anymore.
As if the whole pride and passion and threading beads on a string thing is not complicated enough, there is also a now slightly forgotten and left behind story behind the actual quarter form of the chair. Originating from the dialogue theme of the exhibition, the starting point of the whole project. This is in some way explained in the following story extracts. But basically the chair is meant to be a long forgotten relic from a larger, much larger object. That object being a giant tea cake stand or a little more acceptable, a water fountain. This goes some way to explain why some parts of the chair are broken or missing. Each quarter, has an outward view and room can be given for more than one person to join the dialogue. I leave it there.