Sahsa Sykes I75B3794

Bloom!

Resin, acrylic and over 40 plant types including: cornflowers, helichrysums, larkspur, lavender, delphiniums, aliums, eryngium, echinops, black elders, gingko biloba, nigella, yarrow, fennell, achillea, astrantia, montbretia, monkshood, roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, and grasses including pampas and mondo, 160 × 240cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

Sasha Sykes I75B3802

Bloom!

Resin, acrylic and over 40 plant types including: cornflowers, helichrysums, larkspur, lavender, delphiniums, aliums, eryngium, echinops, black elders, gingko biloba, nigella, yarrow, fennell, achillea, astrantia, montbretia, monkshood, roses, hydrangeas, sweet peas, and grasses including pampas and mondo, 160 × 240cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Caliology XXX

Resin, mistlethrush nest 25 × 25 × 18cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Caliology XXX

Resin, mistlethrush nest 25 × 25 × 18cm
Photographer, Peter Rowen

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Burning Gorse

Gorse, traceable Irish ash, acrylic, polyester resin, 650x650x750mm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Burning Gorse

Gorse, traceable Irish ash, acrylic, polyester resin, 650x650x750mm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Burning Gorse

Gorse, traceable Irish ash, acrylic, polyester resin, 650x650x750mm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Shogun Stool

furniture/wood/basketry
troscán/adhmad/caoladóireacht

Sasha Sykes

Selected for Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection 2015-2016.

Sasha Sykes is influenced by the scale and aesthetic of the Irish landscape and its impact and relationship with social history and humanity. Using acrylics and hand-cast resins, she embeds found objects and collected organic materials such as wildflowers, thistles, mosses, lichens, seaweeds and shells.

 

  • I forage and collect organic material year round – from autumn leaves to winter lichens, spring blossoms to summer seaweeds – and dry it immediately, usually with an end use in mind. From there the materials are integrated into my current themes, forms and designs, usually within the realms of sculpture and furniture.

 

Sykes’ designs combine contemporary processes with traditional crafts and materials. Her aim is to preserve, present and contextualise in an innovative and functional way. The resins heighten the colours, textures and forms of the material, highlighting their fragility and also their stage in the cycle of life. The final work is then meticulously sanded and polished giving it its translucency and emphasising the delicacy of the encased materials.

Sykes received an MA in Architecture from Edinburgh University, Scotland in 1998. She subsequently worked in retail design in London and New York. In 2001 she established Farm21, designing and making contemporary hand crafted rural furniture. She lives and works in Dublin.

Collections

Carton House, Kildare
National Museum of Ireland
The Bank of America
The Cliff House Hotel, Waterford

Selected Awards

2003     
Chelsea Flower Show Garden, Silver Award

 

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016
Caliology, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2014
Encased, New York, USA
Solo Show, Anthropologie Gallery, London, UK
2013  
The Walls of Cashel, Cashel, Tipperary

 

Group Exhibitions

2017
Narratives in Making, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
2016
Summer Show, Voltz Clarke Gallery, New York, USA
2015
In Residence, Oliver Sears Gallery, London, UK
2014   
Vase, Vessel, Void, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
2013 
Cheongju Biennale
, Korea
Vernacular, London Design Week, London, UK
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
Eigse, Visual Carlow, Carlow
After & Since Eileen Gray, Newtownbarry House, Wexford
True Love, Kilgraney House, Carlow
Living With Design, The Malthouse Design Centre, Dublin; National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Icon, Brown Thomas, Dublin
2012
PORTFOLIO, RHA Gallery, Dublin
Gallery 43, Eigse Art Festival, Carlow
Light Fantastic, The Malthouse Design Centre, Dublin
2011 
Designs to Live With, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin
Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design, Cheltenham, UK
Start, Clarence House, London, UK
The Irish Craft Garden, Bloom in the Park, Dublin
Blooming Art, Kilgraney House Gallery, Carlow
Interior Design & Art Fair, RDS, Dublin
2010 
Showcase of European Interior Design (European Gateway Programme), Tokyo, Japan
The Family Silver, Eigse Festival, Carlow
Interior Design and Art Fair, RDS, Dublin
2009  
100% Design, London, UK
Interior Design and Art Fair, RDS, Dublin
2007
Ecology, Mythology, Technology, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny; Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin

 

Gallery Representation

Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin
Voltz Clarke Gallery in New York

Contact Details:

Sasha Sykes
The Strawbale Studio
Knocknagan
Tullow
Carlow

T. +353 (0)86 8711901
E. sasha@farm21.co.uk
www.farm21.co.uk