The lovely Hannah Lobley is our Gold Award winner 2018. We asked Hannah to tell us more about herself and her work…..
Please tell us a bit about yourself
Where are you based?
My studio is a renovated outhouse, in our garden in Derbyshire.
Do you run your business full time?
I am, like many self – employed businesses, juggling parenthood, nursery, school runs and afterschool clubs. The hours I work are full time, just not in a conventional 9-5 way!
How long have you been a professional artist?
For 13 years, I finished my Masters in the September 2004 and registered my business in the following February.
Did you attend college/university or are you self-taught?
I was a student for a while! After school, I enrolled at Newark & Sherwood College to study a BTEC Foundation in Art and Design. Then, I went on to complete a BA (Hons) in Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University, after that, I progressed to gain a Masters in Applied Art & Visual Culture London Guildhall University.
Please tell us about your work
What do you create?
I create bespoke interior products and large scale installations from recycled paper and books.
Do you use eco-friendly methods?
Yes, after accidentally leaving a book out in the rain, in 2002 I developed the internationally exhibited and award-winning Paperwork, a unique recycling technique using the printed pages of unwanted books and paper. The pages are layered and transformed back into a solid wood like material. Traditional wood working methods are then used to create interior objects from that material. The surface patternation of the paper when the objects are worked echoes wood grain. Wood becomes paper becomes wood.
Can you tell us about the first piece you created? The first piece I ever created, was produced from the book I accidentally left out in the rain, Lord of the Rings. I shaped it as a ring, in context with the original material.
Do you have a favourite piece?
I think my favourite piece is my first installation commission for a firm of solicitors in Nottingham, which at the time were called Berryman.
Are you working on any new lines?
I am currently working on a new oak shelving range with built-in Book Ends, made from recycled books!
Do you undertake commissions?
Yes, these are my favourite orders, as they unique and often present a new challenge.
Do you teach?
I have delivered a few workshops, this an area I would like to grow more.
Have you won any awards?
Yes, Paperwork has been privileged to be recognised a few times:
Jan 2018 Gold Winner – Eco Create Masquerade Exhibition Dec 2017
#SBS Winner – Small Business Sunday winner Selected by Theo Paphitis Jan 2017
Best Recycled Art Design & Installation Company: UK – BUILD 2017
Interior Design Awards Jan 2017
Best Sustainable Design Installation Project: Harness the Wind – BUILD 2017
Interior Design Awards Apr 2016
Silver Award: Specialist Media – Craft & Design Selected Awards 2016 May 2011
Shortlisted – Make Awards 2011 notonthehighstreet.com Aug 2010
Winner of Creative Nottingham Image Competition Nov 2008
Finalist Aesthetica Annual Creative Works Competition Jun 2008
Best in Show Eco Design Award at Design Show Liverpool Mar 2008
Finalist East Midlands Women of Worth Awards- Most Innovative Business Jul 2007
Rowan Best Business Innovation Awards 2007, 3rd place Award Mar 2007
Short listed – Environmental Award at British Female Inventors & Innovators Awards Dec 2005
Prize Winner at Nottingham Open Art Exhibition, Nottingham Castle. May 2005
Winner of Channel 4’s Ideas Factory Creative Class 2005/06 Mar 2005
Finalist in Blind Art Prize, ’Sense & Sensuality’ Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art.
Nov 2004 Winner of the Berryman Award at Nottingham Open Art Exhibition, Nottingham Castle
Other notable achievements?
Other achievements I am very proud of include, producing large scale installations for an Eco Shopping Mall in Tokyo and a building within the Ministry of Justice.
Do you have any advice/tips for aspiring artists?
My advice to any artist is network. Go to lots of events, always take plenty of business cards. Don’t be shy and talk to people, you never know what will happen and who you will meet!