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‘Jelly Salad’ by Christopher Farr with Bethan Laura Wood

Exhibition / Installation

Partner Programme

20   —    24 Sep 2022

Interiors & Furniture, Fashion & Textiles, Art / Collectibles

Christopher Farr

18 Calvin Street

Shoreditch

London

E1 6HF

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Continuing Bethan’s exploration of food presentation and representation, ‘Jelly Salad’ is a joyous gathering of abstracted vegetables suspended in a sea of jelly. A CF Edition rug, made using the hooked rug technique, varying heights and textures are achieved by cutting looped areas to create textural definition.

Bethan Laura Wood collaborates with Christopher Farr to show the prototype CF Editions rug ‘Jelly Salad’, during London Design Festival 2022. Continuing Bethan’s exploration of food presentation and representation, 'Jelly Salad’ is a joyous gathering of abstracted vegetables suspended in a jelly sea, immortalised in the form of a Christopher Farr Editions rug. Made using the hooked rug technique, varying heights and textures are achieved by cutting looped areas made from strips of fabric to create textural definition. Measuring 1.2 x 1.8m, the rug design will be available in two colourways, Lime Jelly and Lemon Jelly. CF Editions rugs, including 'Jelly Salad’, unlike the made to order and bespoke rug design offering, are kept in stock and available through retailers. The rugs will retail at £975, making them accessible to a wider audience. Inspired by the American roots of the technique and the fact the cut fabric curls reminded Bethan so much of sliced cabbage, she delved into her library of drawings, photographs connected to food presentation and found the world of the ‘Jell-o Salad’ a fantastic companion. The USA has a tradition of ‘Jell-o creations’, that can be seen to reflect the economy, industrialisation and the development of ‘domestic science’ over the 20th century. ‘Jell-o’ foods and the optimism they could promise for Bethan reaches a psychedelic peek in the saturated colour photography of vintage cook books. It’s food in technicolour! Dyed and puréed food stuffs were piped, preened, around wobbling cast blocks of vibrating coloured jelly and transformed into their most futuristic versions. With no shame to their artificial nature, these extraordinary gelatin concoctions are snap shot of a culinary movement which has since long gone out of fashion. It is this ‘jelly universe’ that appeals to Bethan, leading her to create the CF Editions rug design to appear as a savoury snack; chopped green olives, celery, fringed-edge cucumber, courgette and julienne red pepper, as if suspended in aspic. “I love the weird mix of natural and processed in the universe of the ‘Jelly Salad’ and its connection to the popular culture and changes in domestic landscape. When the hook rug samples reminded me of cut savoy cabbage I thought the two could be a perfect recipe together to create a fun family of carpets.” Bethan Laura Wood In developing the rug, Christopher Farr co-founder Matthew Bourne knew that the piece had to be non-conformist, and suggested working with the hooked rug technique. For Bethan, it was interesting to work within CF Editions, to allow a more accessible price point to her highly collectible gallery pieces. Constantly experimenting with different materials and how to translate her patterns, Bethan was drawn to this technique, as she could see how well the curved forms could be achieved, and especially when cut low the layers of curling fabric reminded her of delicate cabbage. ‘Jelly Salad’ CF Edition will be available to buy from the new year 2023. ABOUT CHRISTOPHER FARR Over 30 years ago, artist and designer Christopher Farr set out to unite heritage textile craftsmanship with contemporary design vision. Since then, he and his business partner Matthew Bourne have maintained a dedication to quality and an uncompromising pursuit of beauty that has helped revolutionise rug design and restore rug-making to the status of fine art. Each one made to order, Christopher Farr rugs are now a frequent sight at global art and design exhibitions, and in the homes of connoisseurs and collectors worldwide. Today, they continue to protect and preserve the world’s weaving traditions, while pushing at the creative possibilities of design. Alongside Christopher’s own work, they are privileged to collaborate with a considered roster of international artists, architects, fashion designers and other visionaries to produce a selection of designs that remains unrivalled in its creative scope.