ABOUT TANYA TIER'S LAMPS, PROCESS AND PHILOSOPHY...
Please find below some images of unique lamps created from lovingly restored vintage and antque curiosities which had previously been discarded because they were obsolete and redundant.
Like most artists I have been a collector of paraphernalia and oddities for many years. I am constantly acquiring fascinating wrecked objects, and I began to slowly restore and re-invent these little pieces of history in an attempt to give them a new lease of life. Coming from a medical background, I particularly love old scientific equipment.
These industrial objects were originally hand-crafted by precision joiners, metalworkers and electricians who built things to last. During the process of being handled, transported and used on site, these objects have absorbed the constantly shifting dynamics of our cities and communities and witnessed the phenomenal speed of technological advancement during the last two centuries. For me, the objects resonate with our history, and I feel that presenting them in the form of a lamp emphasises one of the greatest technological moves forward for society, as electricity entered our homes.
I feel that it’s important to pass on the legacy of the skilled craftsmen who originally created these pieces…I’m trying to achieve that by presenting them in a form that is functional, unique and desirable. The process is a kind of resurrection – restoring the technological victims of industrial progress (the progress which ironically these objects helped to achieve), and I hope that the lamps will become heritage pieces which remind people of the workers and the craftsmanship that enabled us to construct our museums, hospitals, schools, galleries and homes.
I studied sculpture at Saint Martins and I love the challenge of re-constructing and re-purposing these increasingly rare old objects. I aim to create a captivating mixture of history, design, art and engineering…and hopefully I will give these lovely objects an extended life into the next century and beyond.
Thanks to everyone who came to view the latest collection of lamps at my pop-up show in London. A percentage of proceeds from the lamp sales will go to the House of St. Barnabas Homeless Charity which runs an exceptional employment academy.