Iconic London at FARA
At FARA we are always open to engaging in collaborations with innovative projects as well as creative individuals. Having previously built a working relationship with both the London College of Fashion and HMP Manufacturing Unit through a project for The FARA Workshop, in 2016 we have again teamed up to launch a range of limited edition tote bags; read more about our tote bags here: http://francescorner.com/2016/05/fara-totes-for-everyone/
Our most recent venture is a collaboration with local artist Steve Forde of 4D Art at our shop just off Northcote Road, SW11. The partnership is mutually beneficial; Steve said “instead of giving a large chunk of my sales proceeds to a gallery, I would rather see that money go to a worthwhile charity such as FARA. Their shop on Northcote Road is the ideal showcase, as it is near to where I live, and they had some under-utilised windows that I have turned into a mini exhibition of my latest works.”
These artworks depict some of London’s finest architectural gems. Each one is recreated in meticulous detail using laser-cut and engraved wood and Perspex. The laser cut wood is layered to create a 3-dimensional effect, then mounted onto a coloured Perspex background with a solid MDF backing. Each piece begins life as a detailed architectural drawing, and fine details such as brickwork and intricate fretwork can be seen. Steve Forde lives and works in South London and is the main artist behind 4D Art. Speaking about his work he said, "As a designer I am obsessed with detail, technique and quality of finish. In these artworks I have married this obsession with my lifelong passion for architectural form, line and detail. The results are striking, detailed pieces that reinterpret complex architectural forms into warm, wall-friendly art.”
Visit our shop at 70 Chatham Road to see Steve’s artwork being showcased and sold onsite. You can also take a little peak at the ‘Banksy’ mural which mysteriously appeared on our side wall in October 2014 causing a momentary media frenzy..