The Spectacle of the Everyday

I've recently been reading Out of the Ordinary:Spectacular Craft,  the book that accompanied the 2007 exhibition at the V&A - Out of the Ordinary. As well as the excellent introductory essay by Glenn Adamson, which has got me thinking again about notions of the everyday and the spectacular and how they can be made more relevant and useful and how craft can be used to explore them - and added a whole load of  books to the reading list, it has introduced me to the work of Susan Collis who makes the most amazing bejewelled and embroidered trompe l'oeil artefacts - seemingly paint-splattered step-ladders inlaid with precious stones and mother of pearl - that have really got me thinking how making can elevate the ordinary and the power of transformation.

Images courtesy of Seventeen Gallery