6th April 2018

Festival of Making 2018

Hannah Fox and The Cardboard Box Company 2018

We are proud to announce that we will be joining ‘The Art In Manufacturing’ for a second year, bringing the capacity to design, print and manufacture cardboard boxes with our collaboration with Cumbria-based, community-focused artist, Hannah Fox. Embracing cardboard’s innate flexibility and constructional value and methods usually preserved for the development of industrial and retail packaging design, Fox looks into Blackburn’s past as home to no fewer than 15 cinemas to recall a valuable, shared social history at risk of being forgotten. Renowned for playful and impactful audience experiences, Fox’s practice encompasses animation, large scale installation and detailed paper sculpture, elements planned to come together in combination as Fox and The Cardboard Company strive to create a walk-in, cinematic experience in Blackburn town centre. www.hannahonthehill.co.uk


Art In Manufacturing 2017

A co-commission between the National Festival of Making and Super Slow Way, Art in Manufacturing was a groundbreaking set of commissions that paired 10 exceptional artists with Pennine Lancashire’s leading manufacturers. The incredible outcomes of their residencies were shown in Blackburn town centre’s most historic and contemporary venues as part of the 2017 National Festival of Making, produced and directed by Wash Design with supported by Creative Lancashire.


Lazerian and The Cardboard Box Company 2017

During his residency Lazerian’s founder, Liam Hopkins, discovered that the workforce of the Cardboard Box Company depended entirely upon each other – yet they worked largely alone, in distinct sectors. His vibrant and exotic cardboard structures evoke this modern predicament of individual detachment, whilst suggesting the colleagues’ essential connectivity. The pods’ use of irregular and organic forms presents a further challenge to perceptions by skewing the expected, strictly angular form of the cardboard box. And this is not to mention Chromatogram’s exuberant colour schemes – a direct result of Hopkins’ research into the company archives of colour palettes. Each tone in the range has been used by the manufacturer at some stage in its production history and their realisation in the work represents a record of the company’s stunning gradient of colour through time.