Gayles Farm 5
Gayles Farm 5 is this year’s Bespoke winner. The judges were impressed by the piece’s sculptural presence and how it celebrates movement. It highlights the preciousness of the material and draws the viewer in to examine its form and the quality of the individual pieces.
This room divider was created to further Wycliffe’s exploration of textile techniques and characteristics using wood. The piece has a flowing appearance, made up of thousands of small oak tiles glued to an open weave cotton twill.
The wooden curtain is hung on a hinged, three panelled oak frame with hemp rope and cleats and can be height adjusted. The form is dictated by how the tile construction hangs over the supporting uprights, like a sail held by a mast. The tiles were cut from discarded oak fencing retrieved from the South Downs. The variety of colours and textures is explained by the different ways the timber reacted to weathering. The piece displays the many wonderful ways that timber responds to its environment.