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Experimental Design

Anna Tuhus

Anna Tuhus is an artist, educator and researcher based in London, with Swedish origins. Before coming to Royal College of Art, she studied Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts London. 

With a background in craft practices, she is trained in fine metal work, fashion and textile techniques, and has been a recipient of awards by the Swedish Crafts Council and the British Goldsmith's Centre. She has held research and lecturing residencies in Rajasthan, India, and is involved in community education in London.

Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, such as Ludwig Forum (DE), Galerie Marzee (NL), and FutureFest by Nesta at the Barbican (UK).

I rinsed my hands in tap water and threw myself off course. I left the city and spent my days in forests. I hung in the suspension of waiting and recalled a rumour, a faraway memory without a source. I searched for answers in libraries and created a new archive. I bathed in a lake just after the ice broke and I practiced patience. I dug into the earth and collected the colour of soil, made ink and wrote a book. I listened to stories and told them again. I drew a map of a place that settlers lost to vegetation. I came across a stream and I followed it to find healing waters.



I worked with Elisabeth Bang, CJ, Ian Gabb, Sharon Lee, Dr Nerys Edwards, Kristian Berge, Gemma Squires, Rosemary Anrude, Tim Olden, Hawthorn PrintMakers, London Pigment, Tintin Rönning, Emmanuel Höglander, Paul Cripps, Dylan McKay, Dr Adam Butler, Dr Ruth Tuhus. Thank you, thank you, thank you. A big thank you also to Shaalinie Sivalingham.


chapter 6

The book tells the story about discovering and researching a former health resort, through reliving treatments and exploring space and place.

It builds on experiental research and memory, captured in writing, photographs and a constructed map, and aims to communicate experience through narration and visual representations.



Publication details:

Title: Waters Higher Than Heaven / Wermlands Eda [meeting halfway]

Binding: Hardcover with linen cloth, wrapped in printed sleeve.

Format: 230 x 140 mm. 35 (76) pages.

Paper quality: Arctic Polar Smooth, 120gms, short grained.

Printing techniques: Letterpress, masters laser cut in oak. Risograph.

Follow the link to view a scanned version of the publication.

Medium:

Book, hardback.

Size:

230 x 140 mm

In broad brushstrokes, the book tells the story about Wermlands Eda, a former sanatorium site / health resort in the west part of Sweden.

The research is conducted through ethnographic studies; site visits, interviews and in collaboration with the local library. Printing techniques has been adapted to preserve, enlarge and restore previously unpublished archival imagery.



Publication details

Title: Wermlands Eda / Waters Higher Than Heaven [meeting halfway]

Binding: Hardcover with linen cloth, wrapped in printed sleeve.

Format: 230 x 140 mm. 41 (76) pages.

Paper quality: Arctic Polar Smooth, 120gms, short grained.

Printing techniques: Letterpress, masters laser cut in oak. Risograph.

Follow the link to view a scanned version of the publication.

Medium:

Book, hardback.

Size:

230 x 140 mm

The publication is part of an ongoing project.

Follow the READ MORE link to see more.