you are cordially invited to the opening reception of Martyn Thompson Exhibition featuring Mr. Thompson’s distinctive creations of one-of-a-kind tapestry pillows, lamp shades, scarves, tea cups, saucers, wall art and sofas.
please come join us to celebrate photographer/designer Martyn Thompson’s tactile and painterly language that is a visual push me, pull me between nostalgia and now.
opening reception | saturday, november 11, 2017 | 3pm-7pm
venue | object(s) of our lives | 10 hulfish street, princeton, nj
Photographer, Martyn Thompson, began his career making clothes before deciding to document them instead. He worked as a fashion photographer in Paris prior to moving to London where his scope broadened into the world of interiors and still life. Over the past 30 years Thompson has collaborated with several designers - most no-tably a long relationship with Ilse Crawford. He has worked to create the visual messaging of leading global brands such as Hermés, Tiffany and Ralph Lauren while also authoring two books, “Interiors” and “Working Space: An insight into the Creative Heart”.
A resident of New York now for many years, Thompson has founded Martyn Thompson Studio, a multidisciplinary outfit that has branched out from Thompson’s distinctive photography practice into a number of creative expressions. An aesthetic, anchored in the touch of the hand, stems from Thompson’s love of craft, and runs through the studio’s work, defined by a tactile and painterly language that is a visual push me, pull me between nostalgia and now. The studio has evolved to include textile and wallpaper design, homewares, limited edition art, as well as art direction for editorial projects.
In addition Martyn Thompson Studio is working with a number of brands as a creative consultant giving direction on the areas that help shape and define a visual identity: color, mood, tactility and composition.
The Fabric Collections | The fabric collection, all made in the United States, is borne from Thompson’s photography, and marries the hand-made with technology. Thompson’s photographs are edited and manipulated into repeat patterns then woven on a jacquard loom in cot-ton. “Cézanne’s Shadow”, the debut collection, saw Thompson’s photographs of still life flowers woven as panels. The soft lines of the original images from his Impressionist in-spired series “Falling in Love at the Institute” made a natural transition into fabric.
As a result of these pieces Thompson realized the potential for interior upholstery and began to develop ideas for yardage resulting in the “The Accidental Expressionist”, a collection formed from photographs of paint-splattered surfaces in Thompson’s studio. Leading on from the success of TAE Thompson plundered his archive for more material which has recently resulted in the “Rock Pool”collection which retains the painterly quality of the previous textiles in the brushstroke which are likened to movement of light playing on water.
Installations & Collaborations | With Thompson’s photography centered on interiors and environment, it was natural for the studio to begin designing spaces and objects for the fabrics to live with and live within. Staging two installations in 2016, the first at New York store, The Future Perfect, where the jacquard designs were presented on furniture by Pinch and Arflex alongside pillows and murals, and lighting, designed in collaboration with ceramicist Dove Drury Hornbuckle. 2016 also saw Thompson begin the first of a number of forthcoming collaborations, join-ing forces with design-led ceramics company 1882 Ltd. to launch a tea collection go-ing back to Thompson’s family roots in Stoke on Trent and his great aunt, the revolutionary ceramicist Susie Cooper. Previewed at Maison et Objet 2017, the set comprises of a patterned tea pot, whose shape is accredited to Susie Cooper, two cups and two saucers. For each individual piece, the studio’s signature “splatter” glaze is hand ap-plied by a glazer with years of experience, making each piece unique. For Salone Del Mobile 2017 Thompson was invited to collaborate with the Milanese craftsmen at Fabscarte on two entirely hand made wallpapers. The designs evoke a sense of night and day, while expressing the painterly language of Thompson and Fab-scarte’s tactile and three dimensional techniques using metallic powder and colored pigment layered in tissue paper.