Hazel Connors FSDC

Mixed Media

About Hazel
Boundaries of all kinds intrigue Hazel and, along with the desire to explore new territories inform her work. Using a variety of materials and surfaces, often found, she creates mixed media pieces and installations. 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, occasionally 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 science divide. Having set up her own 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 to also include site-specific installations, both interior and exterior. She is excited by working in non-traditional spaces and aiming to draw 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.

Whilst appealing and accessible Hazel's work is built on stories and occasionally more thought-provoking messages are quietly slipped in too.

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Exhibitions and Commissions:

  • 2022 Exhibited at Transformations exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London
  • 2021 Exhibited at 2021 exhibition at Oxmarket Contemporary Gallery, Chichester
  • 2020 Exhibited at 'Into the Light' exhibition, Oxmarket Contemporary Gallery, Chichester
  • 2019 Private commissions
  • 2018 Commercial commission for Fuller’s Brewery, London. Private commissions 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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