After the success of the MA_STERS
show, the London College of Fashion approached us to create a one off event, celebrating the life and work of Professor Helen Storey. Helen was awarded an MBE at the start of the year for her work as a fashion designer and more recently as a fashion scientist. She is a leading professor at The Centre For Fashion Science
and also co-founder of the Helen Storey Foundation
, who's projects cross many boundaries between art, science, engineering, new media, technology, architecture and education.
The event was held at the Kings Place Gallery, in Kings Cross. The space already had four 52" plasma screens hung on a 12m long wall. Working within a very small budget and timescale, we used the plasmas to show a series of short films looking back over her career. This were cut together from stills, magazine covers and video footage all from her archives, ranging from her interview on the Jonathon Ross show in 1990, to the Wonderland project with Nick Knight, through to her latest work for the People's Research Council.
We then connected the screens to create one long time line across the wall by creating an origami structure made from tracing paper, inspired by our 12 folds project, but adapted to reflect the Mobius Strip brand language for the The Centre For Fashion Science. The structure flowed in and out of the screens - back lit with slow colour changing LED lights, and incorporating a graphic timeline of Helen's career to date.
The evening was a great success, with each of the invitees receiving a special compliation DVD of all the short films, as a leaving present.