Hazel Connors MSDC

Mixed Media

About Hazel
Rules and boundaries of all kinds, and the desire to break through them, have always intrigued Hazel and inform her work. Using a variety of materials and surfaces she creates mixed media pieces and installations exploring these divisions. Whilst the techniques employed are often rooted in stitch, she enjoys the challenge of applying these to non-traditional materials and subverting the norm. Hazel's background in research chemistry sometimes lends an observational, almost scientific, aspect to her work.
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After gaining a doctorate in Chemistry, Hazel worked in research and development for many years but strongly believes there is no great arts and sciences divide. Having set up her own science consultancy and being fascinated by qualities of materials, she decided to study stitched textiles part-time.
Since then, Hazel’s creative work has enlarged in scope to include a breadth of materials and also includes site-specific installations, both interior and exterior including non-traditional spaces, drawing in a variety of audiences. Her professional practice continues to develop, and she considers herself very fortunate to learn from, and be informed by, the experience of working alongside other artists as well as various art and craft linked organisations over the last few years. This has led her to a greater consideration of audience and viewer, their means of involvement and enhancement of their experience. Appealing and accessible her work allows thought-provoking questions to slip quietly in under the radar.

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Exhibitions and Commissions:

  • 2019 Private commissions
  • 2018 Commercial commission for Fuller’s Brewery, London. Private commission gained as a result of Fuller’s work.
  • 2017 Exhibited at 'The Land of Myths', Midsummer Festival of Giants, Milton Keynes
  • Clarke & Connors Cabinet of Curiosities’ a capsule, multi-sensorial environment and exhibition at Society of Designer Craftsmen Gallery, London and then touring, featuring individual work of myself and Felicity Clarke. Sadly postponed and then cancelled due to Felicity’s decease in 2017.
  • 2016 ‘Roost’ travelling installation for Milton Keynes Fringe Festival, moving across 6 venues – Margaret Powell Square (MK Gallery and Theatre), the CentreMK Shopping Centre, Queens Court public square, MK Central Library, Camphill Cafe, Westbury Arts Centre. In collaboration with Felicity Clarke.
  • 2015 ‘Unfinishable Tales’ free-standing walk-through installations for each of 11 West Berkshire Libraries, rotating weekly for 6 weeks (with FC)
  • 25x25x25’ Exhibition, Society of Designer Craftsmen, Malls Galleries, London
  • 2014-15 ‘Flights of Fancy’ multimedia and interactive site-specific installation for ‘What’s in my Shed’ Exhibition, Snibston Discovery Centre, Leicester. (with FC)
  • 2013 'Party Birds’ multimedia and interactive site-specific Installation for Unravelling the Vyne Exhibition. Commission by Unravelled for the National Trust, The Vyne, Hants (with FC)
  • 2012-2014 'Tales of the Unfinishable’, Arts Council England funded touring multi-media Installation, with accompanying project talks, workshops and book. Exhibited at 6-venues: Palm Court, Alexandra Palace, London; Exhibition Centre, Harrogate; FringeMK, Midsummer Place Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes; The Forum, Norwich; The Corn Exchange Theatre, Newbury; The Gallery, New Brewery Arts, Cirencester (with FC)
  • 2012 Guest Exhibitor, WSTA, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell
  • Society of Designer Craftsmen Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
  • Insulation Installation’ School of Art, Bath Spa University (with FC)
  • Exhibitor at Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford
  • 2011 ‘True but Strange’ Exhibition for Ventnor Fringe Festival, Isle of Wight
  • Insulation Installation’ for the Eco Home Create Centre, Bristol (with FC)
  • Finalist, The Real Bath Art Prize, Bath (with FC)
  • 2010 ‘Strange but True’ Exhibition, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead
  • 'Curious about Craft', Street Commission for Craftspace, Birmingham (with FC)
  • Here Today, Gone Tomorrow’, Commission for Curated Exhibition, Fringe Arts Bath (with FC)
  • Material Actions’, Outdoor Commission for Curated Exhibition, The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art (with FC)
  • Group Exhibition, The Beacon Gallery, Inkpen
  • 2009 Top 100, Jealous Gallery, Crouch End, London and I-Escape Festival, Brighton
  • Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2008 V&A World Beach Project – Sue Lawty, Work selected for her touring presentation

Media and Publications:

  • Book: ‘Tales of the Unfinishable’, Felicity Clarke and Hazel Connors, Wide-Open House, 2012
  • Book: ‘Humor in Craft’, Brigitte Martin, Schiffer Press, 2012, pp168, 248
  • Press articles: Work covered in various magazines including Embroidery, The Quilter, Handmade Living and newspapers including Norwich Citizen, The Haringey Independent, Milton Keynes Citizen,This is Plymouth, The Telegraph

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