About Us

 
 
Background

Jamie and I were introduced some years ago by a mutual friend as we both made mobiles. We have been collaborating on art projects since that time. Around 15 years ago Jamie trained to be a teacher. He is now Deputy Head at our local comprehensive school and I lead on the art projects. The landscape of Ilkley Moor and the Yorkshire Dales where we live influences how our work is developing.

 

Practice

Our work explores concepts of balance, interconnectedness, our relationship with the natural world and our place within it and is increasingly concerned with reciprocity and symbiosis. We are interested in the shifting perspectives of how humans interact with nature, and in trying to articulate – using kinetic sculpture as metaphor – a language of equilibrium.

Our projects typically begin with drawn or photographic observation. The shapes for the mobiles are created by laminating layers of veneer which is sustainably sourced from responsibly managed forests. Lamination is a low-energy process with ancient origins which binds together individual, fragile layers to create a much stronger whole. This concept of the whole being greater than the sum of parts underpins not only the form but also the content of the work in that each part of every mobile is integral to the balance of the whole. Our creative practice also involves processes of co-design with individuals and groups, particularly with those from different disciplines, recognising that whilst collaboration can at times be challenging, the process ultimately brings far greater rewards and insight.

The wooden mobiles at the centre of our practice are light and responsive to human presence. Every time anyone interacts with one or more of the mobiles there is a unique performance which can never be repeated, and each viewer has an experiential relationship with the work as a process which is constantly evolving and changing.

 

Gallery representation

We are members of the Royal Society of Sculptors, represented by the gallery jaggedart in London and exhibit there regularly and at art fairs, in particular COLLECT and London Art Fair, 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, and a number of hospitals (The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, West Middlesex Hospital, St. George’s Hospital and Milton Keynes Hospital). More information 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.

 

(image above Juliet Gutch and below Jamie Gutch by Clare Dearnaley from Dovetailing)

“Beautifully-poised constructions floating in the centres of rooms, gently moving in response to soundwaves of musicians, air waves of human presence.”

Ian Duhig

Poet

“My mobiles give me such joy. I’ve hung mine in the dining area of my kitchen, and the altering light and air currents of the room reflect on the mobiles under which I sit watching them change and move.”

Lady Diana Brittan

Former Chairperson, National Lottery Community Fund

“The silent harmonies are endlessly compelling.”

Ian Bone

Violinist, Opera North

“The exhibition was a delight for the senses. A serene experience of light, music and movement. As you walk under and around the mobiles your movement in turn creates their movement, changing the shapes and shadows as they turn and dance. Wandering under and around felt like being in the boughs of the most exquisite and delicate of trees.”

 
 
Liz Grierson

Chair, The Rowntree Society

“It was an intimate, multisensory experience, where three dimensional objects made of natural materials responded to the flow of air and movement of viewers. The sculptures looked like notes or thoughts emerging from the air. I was totally fascinated by the way mobiles interacted with the people around them and couldn’t stop taking photos.”

Agi Stachura

Art practioner

“I have a mathematical background, and a lifelong interest in the mathematics of curves, in particular, so I found the experience of being surrounded by so many dynamic curves, of such beauty, quite overwhelming. I don’t mean I tried to analyse them in any way, I was just…. “bathed”, I suppose, in a manifestation of their complex diversity. The essence of the whole exhibition is not in isolated curves, beautiful though they may be, but in their interaction and mutual dependence – where the complexity goes through the roof.”

Martin Williams

Mathematician and teacher

“I thought the mobiles seemed to be suspended in space and made me think of thoughts inside the mind.”

 
Ghislaine Young

Nurse

“The mobile seems to float and I can imagine sounds coming from it when I watch it turning.”

Sophie Renshaw

Violist, London Mozart Players