Susie MacMurray has done another large-scale installation - this time at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex. For Shell, she has covered the walls of an 18th century stairwell with 20,000 mussel shells inlaid with velvet:
"I’m my own worst enemy in that I often use things that can’t be easily bought or made. To get 20,000 joined, partially open mussel shells required weekly trips to a local fish restaurant in Chester to collect their rubbish. For over 3 months I spent 3 days a week sorting, discarding, scraping, bleaching, boiling and stacking what I calculated should be enough shells to cover two walls of the stairwell. Finding 100 metres of the most opulent red silk velvet possible was comparatively straightforward, involving internet research and a trip to Berwick Street in London to haggle with different shops to get the best price."Read on to find out the ideas behind the installation and how it was put together.