Mark and Rebecca Ford

Contemporary woven sculptors Mark Antony Haden Ford  and Rebecca Ford of Two Circles Design work in the medium of found and grown natural materials.  Residing within the South Downs National Park, Sussex, they make monumental woven environments for both public and private sectors.
Both have a strong interest in the archaeology, geography and mystery of the natural world, drawing on ancient traditions and techniques of willow craft and woodland management. As international environmental artists, their surreal installations and ambiguous sculptures encompass a wide range of traditional skills and practices.
Mark has been involved with Land Art since 1992, transforming areas into mystical spaces with site-specific creations. The woven willow and hazel artworks directly engage with the environment as semi-permanent sculptures based on seeds and plant forms.  
Mark and Rebecca’s work reflects a renewed interest in returning to a slower pace of life, to the art of making something that takes time and effort . They grow much of their own materials, have a connection with woodland conservation and actively engage with schools and universities to create new works. 
They have represented the UK at several international Environmental Land Art events and have works in private collections including Farley Farm House, Chiddingly and also at Little Forest in North Boarhunt. 
Having restored local 'over-stood' willow stools back into rotation for harvesting themselves, through to the physical demands of manipulating the material, Mark and Rebecca Ford’s work reflects a renewed interest in returning to a slower pace of life, to the art of making something that takes time and effort. The Sculptures final forms take time to evolve, the nature of the material dictating in part, the direction and shape. As the willow criss-crosses and interweaves, it creates fluid lines, drawings on a grand scale, a flowing story that stimulates and exhilarates the senses.


In May 2016 we represented the UK at the International Land Art Meeting Humus Park, in Pordenone, Italy. www.humuspark.it

In September 2017 we participated in Land Art Park, Kozlowka, Poland.

September 2018 took us to Lithuania for Land Art Kaunas

and March 2019 and 2020 L.E.A.F the Llano Earth Art Festival, in Texas, USA in 2021 Mark organised #BeLEAF an online global Land Art Festival including the World Rock Stacking Championships. 150 Artists in 35 countries from every continent. Over 30 hours of LiveStreamed content. 

We have sculpture on display at Farley Farm House, , Muddles Green Chiddingly www.leemiller.co.uk   Sculpture Garden

TESTIMONIALS

Pauline Cory, Transition Town Worthing, UK

Mark and Rebecca Ford have facilitated 4 community workshops for Transition Town Worthing over the past 5 years and have always been such a delight to work with.  They have the ability to make everything they do such fun, even in the pouring rain!!  
They are real troopers - they endure all sorts of conditions, bring all the materials and tools we need, work incredibly hard and to a very professional standard, and ensure that everyone has a great time!  
Mark has always helped us create some great structures as a group, even though most people have never done anything like this before, and Rebecca has gently and expertly guided participants to craft their own individual creations to take home.
What I really love about these wonderful people is that they are enablers - they demonstrate how to do things and then let people explore the materials and come up with their own versions, just perfect for a community group like ours with a vast range of ages, abilities and backgrounds.

Mark is the current mural installer of the annual display at    www.slindonpumpkins.co.uk see films below.

  • Mark Antony Haden Ford
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  • Previous Exhibitions / Biography 1990 to present.

  • Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Slindon Artists open houses                          August 2021

  • Moreton Walled Garden , Dorset                summer 2021

  • BeLEAF2021. Delivered online                     March 2021

  • 8 Slindon Artists (lockdown Exhibition)    October 2020

  • Story so far..Little Forest Land Art,   Art Space ~Portsmouth  Nov 2019

  • Creations-sur-le-champ, Quebec, Canada October 2019

  • Land Sand Stone, longest sand drawing 1.2 miles Bridlington Beach           Sept 2019

  • ‘Buccini’  Sculpture Seweby Hall, Bridlington,Sept 2019

  • Patterns of Experience 2, Burgh House, Lon July/Aug 2019

  • Slindon artists Guild, St Marys Church,         June 2019

  • Art 33 refugee charity exhibition, Hants, June 2017/19  

  • Little Forest Land art , Hampshire,May - Sept 2016-2019

  • LEAF, Llano, Texas, USA             March 2019, 2020, 2021

  • 450th Anniversary of the Worshipful company of basketmakers, London      Feb 2019

  • Magna Matter, Lys d’or, international online collective,    Jan 2019

  • St Huberts, Group show,                            September 2018

  • Hygroscopic  Peggy Jay Gallery, Burgh House, London

  •   July 2016 - April 2018

  • Bosham Art Trail   Bosham, West sussex          May 2010

  • Mouth full of jelly, baby!      Lewisham Arthouse, London       Jan 2000

  • Englishmans home is his castle    Urban Romantics, Southampton               Sept 1999

  • Woven forms,     Hebden Bridge Arts Trail, Yorkshire       1996 - 98

  • Dodecapolis  Strange fruit,Chichester      July-Aug 1998

  • Blue cowboys  Newcastle Upon Tyne      Feb - March 1995

  • Havant Arts Centre                                        Nov 1990

  • Festivals

  • We Wonder Festival Wentworth woodhouse Yorks July 21

  • European Stone Stacking Championships, Dunbar, Scotland, July 2021         

  • Goodwood Festival   Chichester  Sept 2018                             

  • Pollen Festival       West Wittering, WSx          July 2016

  • Woven Installations       West Dean Festival      July 2011

  •  Lodge of the natural law     Out of the Ordinary Festival, Polegate                 Sept 2010

  •  Sculpture and Installation, Arundel Festival, 2010 to 2021

  •  Windfall   Arundel food festival                            Oct 2010

  •  Garden of delights   I am joy festival             August 2010

  •  Brighton Arts Festival , UK                                   May 1997

  •  Glastonbury festival, June 1996                                                                                           

  • ‘Gateway’ 17th Mondial Jamboree, Sorak National Park, S.Korea                  Aug 1991

  • Duo Exhibitions

Stansted Garden Show, UK                                      2009-2012

Edward James Foundation, West Dean, UK        2010-2013

Floral Fringe Fair, Bignor Park and Knepp Castle,  2011-2016

Arundel Gallery Trail, Arundel, UK                    2010 – Present

“Remembrance 1914-1918”, Arundel Museum,  July – Sept 2014

Chichester Arts Trail                                                    2012-2015

Strawmaze collaboration Demarco gallery,Edinburgh  Feb 96

Solo Show   

 ‘Same but different “ Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester,                                        Feb – March 2018

 “Arterial Cytoplast”, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester,                                          April –May 2012

Ancient sights                                   Chichester library                                         Nov 1997 Jul 1998

Woven and Grown, Brighton Festival, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton                   May 1997

Commissions

Chicken coop, Venice Biennale, Caravane Village, Client: Stichting Caravane Foundation, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan Ltd                                         May 2021

Arlington and Ardingly Reservoir, Kingfisher sculpture trail                              Dec 2019

Rik, Surrey Stag, Surrey University, Guildford    Sept 2019

Cenezoic, Arundel Festival                                   August 2019

Ditcham Park School arts week                              July 2019

Witenagemoot, The Grange Opera Festival,    May – July 2019

Resurgence, LEAF Earth Art Festival, Texas, USA March 2019

Octopus flower, Sculpture, Six Villages academy,    Feb 2019

Spire of Peace, Chichester Cathedral, WW1 Armistice Nov 18

Woven pumpkins and season mural, Halloween, Butlins, Bognor Regis, October 2018

Tree Henge, Land Art Kaunas, Lithuania,                  Sept 2018

The Kraken, The Warwick School, 1500 pupils,       July 2018

The Connoisseur, The Grange Opera Festival , Barber of Seville,                 May – July 2018

Hedge Hog Dome, Kent wildlife trust,  UK,             May 2018

Nest,       Slindon Primary School                           March 2018

Time passing, International Land Art Festival Lubartów – Kozłówka, Poland        Oct 2017

Monster Acorn ,   Oakwood school                        2017 / 2019

Giant Fish, Slindon College,                                  2017 / 2019

Giraffe, Twiggle" Usbourne Books,                     Aug 2017

‘Microbial Worlds’ Schools project, with 400 Romsey pupils.                          May – August 2017.

 Woven installations, Farley Arts Trust, Home of the Surrealists         Jan 17- Oct 2018

 Hygroscence, Humuspark’ the mind opener, Pordenone, Italy                       May 2016

 “Woven Works”, Aldingbourne Country Centre,   Winter 2016

WW1 “Remembrance”, Sculpture, Arundel Town Council, Arundel, UK,      2014

        (workshops with 2500 school children to create sculpture)

“Labyrinth”, North Trancept, Chichester  Cathedral,                              March 2013 and Jan 2017

Woven Projects with Schools, Universities in Public and Private Display,    2005 – Present

Works held in Private Collections in the UK

Annual Seasonal Pumpkin mural of approx 1500 whole fruits, 6m x 4m,

each autumn 2012 to present.     Slindon Pumpkins       www.slindonpumpkins.co.uk

Bibliography, Newpapers, Publications, TV.

RHS Tatton, Gardeners World BBC2                                           July 2021

ESSC BBC Pic of the week

Llano Times, Texas.                                                                                   April 2021

Featured artists in The Floral Arranger                                                    Autumn 2020

Fruits of the forest, Portsmouth weekend news                                             4th Jan 2020

A5 Magazine, October issue,                                                              2019.

Breakfast TV, BBC Weather feature, Carol Kirkwood, Pumpkin carving, October 31st 2019

BBC Radio Sussex live interview                         7 October 2019

page 17, The Times Newspaper,‘orange squash’ Sat 5th Nov 19

BBC, South Today, schools Spire project, November 11th 2018

ITV Weather feature, Pumpkin carving, ITV Oct 30th 2018

Sussex Life magazine, ‘Artist in residence’ August 2018

Sussex Style magazine, Issue no 60, ‘Art for arts sake’ 2018

Natural resources in couples art’ People News 27th July 2017, 

TV BBC 1, Escape to the Country,Episode 17,Series17.1st Nov 16

That’s Solent TV, Live Pumpkin Carving in studio interview, 27th September 2016.

Hewitt, Phil, “Art Show ushers in Festive Season, West Sussex Gazette, 7th December 2015, p. 30

 Shimwell, Chris,“Pumpkin Tribute to the RNLI”, Bognor Regis Observer, 8th October 2015, p. 9

 Book, “The State Of ART, Installation and Site Specific #2”, Bare Hill Publishing, 2015, p. 16-19

 “Live Carving” That’s Solent TV, 28th September 2015

 “Arundel castle notebook”, The English Garden Magazine, April 2015, p. 32

 ‘Poems and Poppies”, Remembrance Special, County Times 13th November 2014

 “On the Trail of Art”The Observer series, 14th August 2014,p63

  “Art in Arundel”, West Sussex Gazette, 13th August 2014,

 TV BBC 1 South Today, News, 4th August 2014

“Helping Hand For Sculpture”, Chichester Observer, 17th July 2014

 Smith, Kevin, “Dome enables Outdoor Lessons”, Bognor Observer, 10th April 2014, p. 7

 “Willow Sculpture delights at Centre”, Chichester Observer, 3rd April 2014

 Hawkins, Oliver, “team Talk”, Article, The Bell Magazine, Spring 2014

 “Picture Perfect”, Chichester Observer, 2nd October 2014, p. 7

 Photo by Matt Scott-Joynt , ‘Flight of Fancy”, The Times Newspaper, 25th September 2014, p.5

 “School Sculpture”, Bourne Community College, Chichester Observer, 28th November 2013

 Front Cover, Sussex Local Magazine, October 2013

 “Slindons Smashing Pumpkin Display is Back”, Bognor Obsever, 9th October 2013

 Rex, Abigail, “ Rustic Romance”, The English Garden Magazine, July 2013, p. 53

Book, Rose-Massom, David: “Facing South”, 2013, p. 99

 Gardens Illustrated, March 2013, p. 74

  “Woven Works”, Aldingbourne Country Centre,  Winter 2016

WW1 “Remembrance”, Sculpture, Arundel Town Council, Arundel, UK,      2014 (workshops with 2500 school children to create sculpture)

“Labyrinth”, North Trancept, Chichester  Cathedral,                              March 2013 and Jan 2017

Woven Projects with Schools, Universities in Public and Private Display,    2005 – Present

Works held in Private Collections in the UK

Annual Seasonal Pumpkin mural of approx 1500 whole fruits, 6m x 4m,Autumn 2012 to 2020.     Slindon Pumpkins       www.slindonpumpkins.co.uk

Bibliography, Newpapers, Publications, TV.

RHS Tatton, Gardeners World BBC2                 July 2021

ESSC BBC Pic of the week. July 2021

Llano Times, Texas.              April 2021

Featured artists in The Floral Arranger                 Autumn 2020

Fruits of the forest,Portsmouth weekend news     4th Jan 2020

A5 Magazine,                                                       October issue 2019  Breakfast TV, BBC 1. Weather feature, Carol Kirkwood, Pumpkin carving, Naga and Charlie.               October 31st 2019

BBC Radio Sussex live interview                          7 October 2019

page 17, The Times Newspaper, ‘orange squash’  Sat 5th Nov 19

BBC, South Today, schools Spire project,   November 11th 2018

TV ITV Weather feature, Pumpkin carving, ITV  Oc 30th 2018

Sussex Life magazine, ‘Artist in residence’ August 2018

Sussex Style magazine, Issue no 60, ‘Art for arts sake’ 2018

Natural resources in couples art’  People News 27th July 2017,

TV BBC 1, Escape to the Country, Episode 17, Series 17. 1st Nov 2016

That’s Solent TV, Live Pumpkin Carving in studio interview, 27th September 2016.

Hewitt, Phil, “Art Show ushers in Festive Season, West Sussex Gazette, 7th December 2015, p. 30

 Shimwell, Chris,“Pumpkin Tribute to the RNLI”, Bognor Regis Observer, 8th October 2015, p. 9

 Book, “The State Of ART, Installation and Site Specific #2”, Bare Hill Publishing, 2015, p. 16-19

 “Live Carving” That’s Solent TV, 28th September 2015

 “Arundel castle notebook”, The English Garden Magazine, April 2015, p. 32

 Poems and Poppies”, Remembrance Special, County Times 13th November 2014

 “On the Trail of Art”, The Observer series, 14th Aug 2014, p. 63

 “ Art in Arundel”, West Sussex Gazette, 13th August 2014,

 TV BBC 1 South Today, News, 4th August 2014

 “Helping Hand For Sculpture”, Chichester Observer, 17th July 2014

 Smith, Kevin, “Dome enables Outdoor Lessons”, Bognor Observer, 10th April 2014, p. 7

 “Willow Sculpture delights at Centre”, Chichester Observer, 3rd April 2014

 Hawkins, Oliver, “team Talk”, Article, The Bell Magazine, Spring 2014

 Picture Perfect”, Chichester Observer, 2nd October 2014, p. 7

 Photo by Matt Scott-Joynt , ‘Flight of Fancy”, The Times Newspaper, 25th September 2014, p.5

 “School Sculpture”, Bourne Community College, Chichester Observer, 28th November 2013

 Front Cover, Sussex Local Magazine, October 2013

 “Slindons Smashing Pumpkin Display is Back”, Bognor Obsever, 9th October 2013

 Rex, Abigail, “ Rustic Romance”, The English Garden Magazine, July 2013, p. 53

 Book, Rose-Massom, David: “Facing South”, 2013, p. 99

Gardens Illustrated, March 2013, p. 74

 

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