Chris Eckersley is an artist and designer from Birmingham who originally studied Sculpture at Gloucestershire College of Art, and subsequently Design at Central Saint Martins where he became a Visiting Tutor. His work is centred on drawing, but also covers three-dimensional design and object-making, design and craft research, colour theory, sculpture, installation, and designs for furniture.
Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Fellow of the Learned Society of Extra Ordinary Objects.
“Originally I studied Sculpture and then on graduating set up a little design-and-make furniture workshop. After a few years this grew like Topsy and I ended up with nearly a dozen employees. We made one-off pieces, fitted furniture, and large architectural cabinets for a company in New York. In my spare time I made abstract sculpture.
Later I did an MA in Design Studies at Central Saint Martins, where I became a Visiting Tutor. By this time I’d built up a network of cabinetmakers and small manufacturers for whom I worked as a freelance designer. This freed me up to be able to spend more time drawing and making new work, which I exhibited widely – and still do.
More recently, after setting up my studio in an old chapel in Deepest Herefordshire, I went ‘bodging’ (or greenwood chair-making). This led on to Bodging Milano which took on a life of its own and developed into many other craft-based projects and fruitful collaborations with other designers.
I’ve lived in various parts of the country but was born and brought up in beloved Birmingham – which in those days was known as The Workshop of the World – and so I think it was this that started me on the road to a life of making things.”
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