Jamie and I were introduced around some years ago by a mutual friend who thought that the two people he knew who both made mobiles would probably have quite a lot in common! We have been married for fifteen years, and have been collaborating on art projects throughout that time. Around fifteen years ago Jamie also decided to train to be a teacher. He is now Deputy Head at our local comprehensive school so I lead on the art projects and he helps when he can. We live in Ilkley with our two daughters. We both studied languages and literature: Jamie (French and Italian) and me (English and Russian) and before meeting we both lived in Italy for a number of years. I started making mobiles in Bologna whilst I was having lessons from a local sculptor and developed my interest further when I moved to Rome.
We are represented by the gallery jaggedart in London and exhibit there regularly, whilst also exhibiting in the north of England in a number of galleries. As well as our smaller-scale work in wood, we have completed a number of larger-scale commissions in metal for public and private organisations such as John Lewis, Olleco, BP and a number of hospitals (The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, West Middlesex Hospital, St. George’s Hospital and Milton Keynes Hospital). More info can be found on the commissions section of the Portfolio page. We have also created a small number of outdoor mobiles for commission and exhibition and this is an area which we are keen to develop further.
We believe that mobiles possess qualities which make them relevant, compelling and unique in a number of ways. These are:
Balance – The world is held in a state of equilibrium which has led to the perfect conditions for life. It is only now that the natural world is at risk that we are coming to appreciate how delicate that balance is and how hard it is to recover it once it has been lost. Mobiles involve the counter-balancing of different, often heavy, elements but the points of equilibrium are miniscule and once found, incredibly strong. Each and every part of a mobile is interdependent and crucial to the balance of the whole. This sense of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts is very much part of our thinking.
Freedom within a structure – The individual elements within each mobile have a limited sphere of movement but within that space they explore every possible configuration and relationship. It is impossible to predict the ever changing shapes that a mobile will create as it moves.
Mindfulness and engagement – The fluid movement of mobiles is engaging and they invite the viewer to search for the next shape, the next configuration. In this way they draw us in and ground us in the present moment, encouraging mindfulness and contemplation. As a result we have found that mobiles can perform a therapeutic function. Someone once said of them that “the movement creates a stillness in the viewer, rather like watching the sea or the flight of a bird.”
Secondary forms – Mobiles invite us to look at the changing spaces generated in-between the shapes and how they interact with their physical context by creating shadows and framing what is behind them. These shadows and spaces can be seen as aesthetic experiences in their own right, in effect secondary artforms created by the original artwork as it interacts with its environment.
Images by David Lindsay
“I have always loved Juliet and Jamie’s work and admired it at exhibitions, but I never anticipated how much I would enjoy living with a mobile in my home. It has become a focal point in our living space: we watch it move, observe the shadows it creates at different times of the day and all of my family have commented on its calming nature. The oak and ash compliment the landscape beyond. It’s unique, beautifully made and a very special work of art.”
“What I love about Jamie and Juliet’s mobiles is that they give me such pleasure. I’ve hung mine in the dining area of my kitchen, and the altering light and air currents of the room reflect on the mobile under which I sit watching it change and move.”
‘As a depression sufferer, to gaze at the silent, gentle movements casting weird and wonderful shadows on the wall has been therapeutic. My mobile is a beautifully crafted, moving piece of art. Thank you Juliet and Jamie.’
‘Our mobile gives me a sense of lightness and movement. I love the shapes and smooth, patterned wood if you look closely. It is ever-changing.’
‘It is the silent harmonies which are endlessly fascinating.’
We are currently developing our wooden mobiles to be fully sustainable. This includes every material which we use, from the wood to the glue and the hanging wire. More details to follow.