Let ‘em come, (to a ‘proper pub’)
This project focuses on the intricate relationship between material and social architecture within pubs, exploring these establishments as an essential social territory in British culture and examining their role in communities.
I have created multiple variations of material and social interventions that respectfully and subtly redistribute my research and diverse voices back into the pub's territory. Each intervention involves carefully selected materials to explore the effect of permanence and temporality, from embroidering onto barstools that have been a fixture in the pub for 37 years to using disposable beer mats printed with many different experiences of pubs.
By considering the very fabric of pubs as witnesses and bearers of ephemeral moments unique to this social space, I conceptualise the interventions as experimental ways of communicating my conflicting relationship with the pub - both abject and beguiling.
While acknowledging the challenges, ugliness, and issues present in pubs, my interventions do not seek to eradicate the gritty grossness that makes them so special. Instead, they offer a way to quietly critique and reflect upon these complicated characteristics while respecting and celebrating the pub's identity as a unique social space.