These two projects are collaborations with textile artisit, Liz Collins. Harry met Liz during a residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Spring 2014. Their dialogue lead to a collaboration in the summer of 2014. Liz needed some furniture for her Sitting Room exhibition and fittingly they decided to explore the archetype of the Victorian Conversation Setee.
Their Conversation is decidedly not Victorian, it is contemporary and casual. It is a dialogue on many levels – between designers, between disciplines, and eventually between anyone who uses the chairs. I engineered the basic structure and Liz crafted the woven elements. The result is both hard and soft, and like any good conversation can go off in many directions. The lamp in the background at left is also part of the collaboration.
Conversation was exhibited at AMP Gallery in Provincetown, MA, in September 2014 and the Heller Gallery in New York City in November 2014
The collaboration continued with the Chain Chairs. Liz used Harry’s Dragonfly Chairs as the basis for another co-joined design. They were developed for Liz’s installation in “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” show at the New Museum in New York City in 2017.