Catrin Saran James has created a print combining silk screen colour over digital black and white, collaged from archival images she has sourced. She says the work is “Influenced by the colour scheme of Neopolitan ice cream, ‘Tuck Shop’ is a celebration of the modernist design features that blazed a trail throughout the post war architecture of Britain.”
James was born in Swansea in 1978. She graduated with a fine art degree in painting and now works in digital collage, print and film. A life-long obsession with the history and design of mid century architecture and British post war housing projects, the kind in which her family lived. Whether cleaning neglected structural design features on 1950s municipal buildings through her act of ‘Guerilla Restoration’, or creating nostalgic photomontages using archive photographs of post-war town centres, the role of artist and archivist intertwine in her practice to scratch the surface of this newly celebrated period in architectural design.