Carrie is a self-titled craftivist who works from a mosaic-covered HQ, The Treatment Rooms in west London. Her work blurs the boundaries between craft and activism, using the craft techniques of mural, mosaic and screen-printing to create intricate, highly politicised works of art.
Carrie trained at Kingston University and achieved a First class degree in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan. She was Artist in Residence at Camberwell Art College in 2009, following this with a period as Artist in Residence at The Single Homeless Project. She remains a proactive supporter.
Carrie has been involved in community and public art projects for over 15 years. She has designed and consulted on large scale mosaic murals, celebrating with local communities. Carrie’s most recent community work is visible in Miravalle, one of the most deprived districts on the fringes of Mexico City. With her partners in Living Space Arts they designed and installed ‘The Art of Recycling’, Harold Hill library, Essex and ‘The Revolution will be Ceramicsed’, London Portobello.
Carrie is frequently called to speak on the use of craft and art as protest. She was invited to speak at National Museums Liverpool’s International Women’s Day lectures in March 2012, and will appear at the British Association of Modern Mosaic forum, held at the V&A October 2012. Carrie’s work is also featured in the latest edition of Ceramics and Print, Paul Scott.
Inspired by William Morris and the long-standing tradition of subversive ceramics in the UK, Carrie created the ‘Mad in England’ trademark. This branded a series of affordable, subversive souvenirs which countered the overwhelming patriotism of 2012 by celebrating the protestor, tapping into the opposing mood of national dissent.
Carrie’s recent work includes:
The Tiki Love Truck – commissioned by ‘Walk the Plank’, specialists in outdoor performance, this mosaic-covered pick-up truck, was dedicated to the memory of a death-row inmate. Winning first prize at the inaugural parade in Manchester, the truck has since participated in the Illuminated Parade in Blackpool and the Glowmobile Parade in Gateshead
Trojan Horse –a life-sized resin horse, with a skull for a face and coated in a mosaic of hard hitting facts about the abuse of horses, made in collaboration with sculptor, Nick Reynolds. An audacious protest against equestrian cruelty, displayed at the Cheltenham Festival Races, an event symbolic of the British establishment and an international epicentre of horse racing. The project was featured in The Guardian.
The London Elephant Parade – Carrie’s mosaic elephant, ‘Phoolan’, was part of the largest ever public art event – taking pride of place outside London’s Natural History Museum
The Milan Elephant Parade – Carrie and Nick Reynolds’ elephant was inspired by the revolutionary spirit spreading across the world and conveyed the message that ending capitalism is the only true way to save the elephant and the planet. The elephant was displayed outside the Triennale de Milan Museum of Art.
Mary Bamber – Carrie’s life-sized ceramic-adorned figure of the revolutionary socialist, Mary Bamber, is now on permanent display at the Museum of Liverpool.
Carrie Reichardt’s work has featured in the press including, The Observer, The Guardian, The Evening Standard, Tile and Stone and in several books including; ‘1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse,’ Garth Johnson, ‘Mural Art No 2’, Kirikos Iosifidis and ‘The Idler 42 – Smash the System’ – Tom Hodgkinson.