WildWorkers Lucy Gaskell, lighting designer and Ellie Williams, designer, have been spreading a bit of festive cheer at Kensington Palace this Christmas.
Following the success of their light installation Victoria’s Christmas, (commissioned by Historic Royal Palaces in 2016), the Cornwall based duo were invited back to remount the series of large-scale, illustrated light boxes.
Originally inspired by the Christmas excerpts of Queen Victoria’s diary and drawing on their well-honed skills for creating site-specific work, Lucy & Ellie developed a concept to create a series of light boxes to fit seamlessly within the ground floor of the palace. Teaming up with Falmouth based design studio Owl ‘n’ Wolf the chosen narratives for each piece have been beautifully illustrated by Joe Holman and turned into complex and multi layered, illuminated vignettes. With the help of their collaborator and head carpenter Ed Martin and carpenter Simon Bagnall, each piece has been set within a highly finished and decorative housing and installed into the Palace.
Lucy and Ellie are no strangers to working at Kensington Palace after their involvement with the creation of Enchanted Palace
for WildWorks in 2010. They are always thrilled to return and catch up with the curators, explainers and staff that were a part of Enchanted Palace, and it’s always a huge temptation to fulfill Bill’s comedy vision of dressing one of the very tame (sandwich stealing) palace squirrels with a miniature ruff…
You can experience Victoria’s Christmas during any ticketed visit to Kensington Palace from now until the end of December 2017.