Serena Partridge makes accessories and garments inspired by European costume, dating back some six hundred years. In her work, scale and proportion are distorted to create curios that often send up the futility of life à la mode. Serena renders her follies more mysterious by presenting them as museum acquisitions, encased with fictional labels.
The work has many parallels with classic English storytelling, from Gulliver’s Travels to Great Expectations. Some of the pieces contain symbolism and relate to specific fairy tales, people or locations. Serena uses a great range of materials and techniques but primarily leathers and silks, embellished with tiny hand stitching.
An extensive list of solo and group exhibitions include the Affordable Art Fair, Milan; Origin, Somerset House, London and a display at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Teaching plays an important part of Serena’s repertoire. She has worked on a variety of projects within schools, nurseries, galleries and museums. She has been artist-in-residence for a number of communities, including the primary schools of the Shetland Islands and the Royal Pump Room Museum, Harrogate. Serena works regularly as a visiting artist for Glasgow City Council and for North Yorkshire’s Connecting Youth Culture.
Current methods of working: Public Commission, Private Commission, Collaboration, Community work, Education projects, Training