James Cropper is a British master papermaker, making distinct, custom-made paper products from its base in the English Lake District since 1845. Teaming up with long-standing client Selfridges, they’ve created an in-store art installation to promote sustainability in the fashion industry.
The installation consists of a large-scale sculpture, featuring two hands which are made from thousands of coloured paper cubes and is on show at the Exchange Square Manchester Selfridges store. The ‘hands of industry’ installation is a tribute to the concept of artisan craft mastered over generations. “It was created by Lancashire artist Sam Robins, of studio Flow Creation, in partnership with the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and was crafted entirely from a selection of James Cropper papers, made using reclaimed fibre from disposable paper cups”.
This installation has taken its inspiration from the idea of ‘northern heritage’ which focuses on northern companies that have a long history of manufacturing with sustainable credentials and ones that create products using ‘time honoured skills and production methods.
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