Profile #10 Nicola Dale
September 9, 2011
Seriously taking her time. Making paper plants out of books, hand colouring every woodchip on a 10m roll of wallpaper.
The roots of Nicola Dales work are conceptual and the finished works are as organic as her working process. Growing slowly and patiently, formed without machinery or technology, becoming beautifully designed products almost accidentally. Her appreciation of the makeup of materials, the world and our own evolution is clear in every cut of her scissor. A love for not only the content of books but their physicality, the tea stains and notes on pages, take a new tact to comprehending history and through reading we can build knowledge and equally skewed perspectives through inevitable misunderstandings.
Dale values material objects, the physical sensation of existing and the total satisfaction of handmaking or improving something mundane and rewards us with a refreshing take on the typical.
Nicola Dales work is currently included in the group exhibition ‘Function’ at Bloc Projects, Sheffield until 17 September.