Tom Bull grew up in Northamptonshire and his relationship to folklore and heritage is at the heart of his practice. Recently Tom has been cladding unwanted playhouses into sculptural cottages with a process known as wattle and daub. An archaic procedure in which a lattice is daubed with clay and hay, the process harks back to a non-industrialised time, where things were sourced locally and built sustainably through land and labour.
On the 11th of November, as part of ‘Desire Paths’, join the ‘Hardcore Cottagecore’ community workshop where Turf Projects will be cladding a series of children’s’ playhouses in wattle and daub and transforming them into pseudo-cottages. Through this sculptural event you’ll confront what remains of Croydon’s folk heritage, talking about urban change, labour, class, location, heritage, lore & nostalgia.
Once completed we hope for the houses to be installed inside the roundabouts of Croydon. Either overgrown, a site for unconvincing advertising or garish art installations, these quasi-urbanised wormholes are often neglected and overlooked as active land. However, these 360 plots, provide the perfect greenery for some unsuspected sculptural housing…
Join Turf and Tom in this sculptural endeavour to up-cycle unwanted ‘idyllic’ playhouses into earthen sculptures that ooze with life and layers upon layers of calcified entombment.