Mark and Rebecca Ford are fascinated by the history and mystery of the natural world. For over 15 years they have drawn on ancient traditions and techniques to create surreal woven environmental installations.
Il barbiere di Siviglia has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of operatic comedy. The Connoisseur is a 12m wide moustache on the North Elevation of The Grange created from willow harvested from the Sussex countryside.
Mark Ford has been exhibiting within the UK and Europe since 1990. He started art school as a painter and after three years graduated weaving with found and grown natural materials in the realm of environmental sculpture.
It was the marriage with English and Creative writing graduate, Rebecca Ford in 2004 that created Two Circles Design, their working partnership making monumental woven environments for both public and private sectors. These surreal installations and ambiguous sculptures encompass a wide range of traditional skills and practices. The woven artworks directly engage with the environment as semi-permanent sculptures based on seeds and plant forms and the potential of all things.
They both have a strong interest in the archaeology, geography and mystery of the natural world, drawing on ancient traditions and techniques of willow craft and woodland management. They teach workshops from their cottage in Slindon. Mark is the current organiser of the Arundel Gallery Trail and is the current installer of the annual pumpkin mural in Slindon each autumn.
Currently Mark and Rebecca have work on display at Burgh House, Hampstead, Farley Farm House, ‘the home of the surrealists’ in East Sussex, Humuspark in Italy, Kozlowka in Poland have recently created works with Slindon college, Oakwood School and UCL Archaeology.