Where: Atrium Gallery, Poole House, Talbot Campus When: 6 January – 28 February 2020
Flock may be encountered in a variety of places. It is an important surface treatment that can be described as short monofilament fibres (flock) applied to adhesive coated surfaces. Flock is widely used in a variety of different contexts and it has a number of key qualities and benefits that make it enduring and endearing. Whilst often mistaken as velvet and referred to as ‘fuzzy’, flock is important and is not to be underestimated. Flock can help make our lives more comfortable, colourful and happy.
Flock can be applied to an array of surfaces, for example furniture, wallpaper, books, toys, car dashboards and textiles. Flock has many qualities – it can provide a luxury finish; it has sound deadening qualities; it can protect; it can provide an intricate and appealing decorative surface; it can aid the grip of an object; it can look and feel good.
The Flock! exhibition explores the diverse and dynamic uses of flock across a range of contexts including interior design, fashion, publishing and packaging design. The exhibition considers the importance of flock through a colourful showcase of engaging and intriguing exhibits. Flock! aims to inform and surprise and provides a multisensory appreciation of flock so that flock’s furry qualities can be experienced.
The exhibition showcases some wonderful examples of flock designs – a rich array of designs where flock is key to their use and appeal. Exhibits include: wallpaper designs from leading companies such as Cole and Son; Romo and Graham and Brown - including wallcovering designs by the esteemed designer Barbara Hulanicki for Graham and Brown. Exhibits also include Flotex floorcoverings by Forbo; books including the DK Braille Animals book (2016) and the Interiors: The Greatest Rooms of the Century by Phaidon (2019); greetings cards, fashion items, jewellery; kitsch; and wider design examples.