Phiona Richards is a Book Sculptor who takes redundant books and re-purposes them into beautiful tactile structures using origami, needlework and bookbinding.
“Having been brought up with a ‘make do and mend’ mentality I tend to collect and gather materials from bygone eras to use within my work. I take my inspiration from needlework techniques which historically form part of a woman's ritual domestic routine.”
Encouraged by her Mother, taught by her Aunty using an old Singer cabinet treadle machine she learnt at a very early age the joy of adapting and changing objects and imbuing them with new lives. Each piece of work is deeply immersed with rich narrative and feminine charm.
In 2008, following graduation from De Montfort University, with a BA (Hons) in Design Crafts, Phiona was selected as a “Young Meteor” for Lustre, Contemporary Craft Market; it was at this event she broadened her range from sculptures into jewellery. Her jewellery incorporates a variety of techniques including origami, paper filigree and lace tatting.
“The devil is truly in the detail with these feminine craft pieces, which combine semi-precious stones and fine lace with well positioned phrases and organic or modular forms…” said Judge Medeia Cohan-Petrolino for the Specialist Media category for the Selected Awards 2013.
Artist Image - Susanna Matthan
Curiousities on the Edge - Nita Nithwani
Book Cuff - Phiona Richards
Pearls of Wisdom - Phiona Richards
Ruffle Beads - Phiona Richards
Linked, Curved and Crocheted - Phiona Richards
Kysarin - Phiona Richards.