For Shelter, Tortie Hoare has been inspired by Bute’s past and built a textile representation of the Anderson air raid shelter. (Bute was set up to create jobs for the returning soldiers from World War II). Following the logic that it was likely that any Anderson shelters still standing were probably being used a storage sheds, Tortie’s shelter aims to get visitors thinking about different types of storage as well as a more social focus based on the way we treat our possessions. She has even incorporated a series of ingenious 1940s games to play…with prizes to be won!
Tortie Hoare’s Shelter at Tent London 2011.
Tortie at work on her 2011 textile Anderson shelter
Tortie Hoare graduated last year to much acclaim with her boiled leather furniture capsule collection winning New Designer of the year at UK graduate exhibition New Designers.
Tortie’s design practice develops and evolves as she continues to experiment with this medieval craft technique, finding innovative ways to combine the traditional with the new and contemporary.
A selection of works from Tortie’s first collection