Set Designer Amy Stickland takes a playful yet sensitive approach to her art, embracing the theatricality of mundane objects to subtly highlight the absurdities of everyday life. Experimentation in different media is a key part of Stickland’s practice, whether crafting props from unexpected materials or fashioning makeshift sculptures and backdrops from found items. For inspiration Stickland looks to the bold, mixed-media sculptures of British artist Phyllida Barlow as well as to film – in particular the work of avant-garde directors Robert Altman and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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Set designer Amy Stickland takes a playful yet sensitive approach to her art, embracing the theatricality of mundane objects to subtly highlight the absurdities of everyday life. Experimentation in different media is a key part of Stickland’s practice, whether crafting props from unexpected materials or fashioning makeshift sculptures and backdrops from found items. For inspiration Stickland looks to the bold, mixed-media sculptures of British artist Phyllida Barlow as well as to film – in particular the work of avant-garde directors Robert Altman and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. It is the creation of expressive temporary environments, and the envisioning of particular characters and scenarios within these, that fuels her creative approach, alongside a love of collaboration. Stickland was born and raised in Plymouth, before moving Cardiff to study fine art, with a focus on painting and 2-D sculpture, and eventually relocating to London, where she remains today. She made props and assisted performance artists for many years before making a gradual move into fashion Set Design. She continues to collaborate on artistic projects, including a performance installation at Glasgow International 2016 with artists New Noveta. Recent fashion photography collaborators include Ben Toms – with whom she has shot numerous stories for Dazed Magazine, Mark Peckmezian, Yelena Yemchuk and clients include Zara, Topman, French Connection and Matches.

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