Make Believe

In 2011, Australian artist Holly Story spent 8 weeks living and working in King’s Wood. Arriving in late summer, she missed the amazing springtime displays of bluebells but on frequent walks through the forest, she collected armfuls of spent bluebell stems from which she created a series of small woven objects: delicate containers describing an internal and an external space, though with a porous, organic membrane. Holly became fascinated by the dens precariously constructed by children playing in the forest and her weavings can be seen as responses to their ephemeral forms.

This exhibition brings together the woven objects and selected den photographs, revealing some of the artist’s and the children’s shared impulses to construct in the forest environment; and also sculptural forms made in canvas, wax and plant material inspired by King’s Wood and made in Fremantle, Western Australia.

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