Marianne Forrest was born in London in 1957. She studied at Middlesex Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art graduating with a masters Degree in 1983. Since then she has combined running her own studio with teaching extensively across the UK. She is a Chartered Designer as well as a Freeman of the City of London.
Date of Birth:
2000 Commemorative Clock, Highgate School.
Wall Clock, Virgin Atlantic.
1999 Wall Clock, Malvern Theatre.
Foyer Clock, British Land Co. Regents Park, London.
1998 External Clock for 7 Dials, Covent Garden.
1997 External Wall Frieze for General Accident (Architect Hawk PLC), Cork St.
1996/7 Tower Clock, Market square Spalding.
1996 Wall Sculpture, RCCL Caribbean Cruise Liner.
1995 Kinetic wall piece for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Feature Clock, Glaxo Research, Stevenage.
Atrium Clock for Temple Court, Birmingham.
1993/9 Wristwatch ranges for mass production.
1993 Foyer Clock and boardroom clocks for Inmarsat, London.
1992 Sculpture Clock for the Kingsmead Shopping Centre, Famborough.
Feature Clock for the Criterion Brasserie, Piccadilly, London.
1990 Compass for the central skylight of a Jon Bannenburg yacht.
Wall clock for the Royal Automobile club, Piccadilly. 20 Metre high clock for London square. Design commissioned by British Land Company PLC. Landscape sculpture and timepiece. Portishead.
1983 MA (RCA) Silversmithing, Royal College of Art.
1979 BA (Hons) Three-Dimensional Design, Middlesex Polytechnic.
1994 Freeman of the City of London.
1986 MCSD Chartered Designer.
1999 'Scale' Contemporary Applied Arts.
1998 Roger Billcliffe Fine Art.
1998 Contemporary Applied Arts, Anniversary exhibition
1997 Beatrice Royal Gallery.
1996 'Time Zone' Crafts Council Shop.
1996 Metalanguage, Barbican Centre.
1996 'Focus', Contemporary Applied Arts.
1995 The Influence of Nature, Crafts Council.
1994 The Chemistry Set, Crafts Council.
1987 Clockmakers Today, Goldsmiths Hall, London.
1987 British Design in Japan, Seibu, Japan.
Royal Museum of Scotland.
Hampshire Museum Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers
Cleveland Craft Centre collection
Victoria & Albert Museum
Travel: Nationally, Yes Internationally, Yes
My main preoccupation has been with time based pieces of many sizes and just about any material that may appropriate.
I work from tiny to enormous. My smallest piece is 15mm in diameter. My largest piece so far is 8 meters high.
I have used glass, metal, concrete, plastic, wood, carbon fibre and resins in a multitude of situations.
Many of my more personal pieces are influenced by my own fascination with underwater objects such as diving bells and submarines. Encrusted and aged by the sea.
Studio visits are welcome.
When working on a large scale I work with an open mind regarding inspiration. The object has its own dynamic when the environment leads the way. I use symbolic forms to tell a story or express a feeling generated as a result of research into the background of the object's site. It can mean generating ideas from the function of the environment or from its history, or both.
For both public works and the personal, more expressive, pieces it is important to create work that is appropriate and significant in its imagery without being obviously and directly storytelling. I like my work to sneak up on people! I want some thought to go into the deciphering of the shapes and the interconnections. Often I make visual forms double up to express more than one idea at once.
I hope to create pieces that are not just pretty to look at but can be enjoyed at a deeper level.
I work on projects that are variously enormous and tiny. The price reflects the amount of effort and complexity of each piece. Therefore each project is assessed on its individual requirements.
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