Bridget Harvey Textiles Environment Design, University of the Arts London

Bridget Harvey

PhD Researcher, Textiles Environment Design, University of the Arts London

Bridget Harvey’s work is tactile and desirable; visual and ornamental, inspired by costume, patina and narrative, occupying a liminal space between design, craft and fine art. Her work has been described as exploring ‘themes of carnival, folk art and tribal display with a touch of Blackpool thrown in’.  Using traditional and new techniques to create functional sculptures, handmade in wood and other elements, her contemporary craft objects are designed and handmade in limited, collectable quantities and as one-off pieces.

Having studied textiles, followed by design and craft making, she uses materials, form and joining methods to investigate time, play and the potential for visible making and repair to flourish.  Her slow design practice is rooted in design activism; environmentally and socially conscious, manifesting research through practice and seeking mindful connections between hand, process and thing.

Within her practice she undertakes residencies, facilitates workshops and other events, curates and writes. She is currently studying towards a practice based AHRC PhD exploring hand (re)making and repair.



ReDressing Activism

Prof. Becky Earley, Bridget Harvey and Emmeline Child