In the realm of art, there exists a select group of creators who harmonize with the natural world. 'Forest + Found', a collective established by artists Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge, epitomizes this ethos. They are renowned for crafting artwork that seamlessly melds art, craft and nature. For the duo, their artistic process starts with stuff that many of us might disregard; fallen trees, discarded textiles and other found objects all await Booth and Bainbridge’s touch, to be reinvented into artworks that reflect both our contemporary and past lives.
“If you ask us what we’re trying to do, it would be to have a conversation around the nature of materiality. It’s about what the artwork says of a certain place and time and the way they connect with people,” Booth says from the couple’s studio at the foot of the Mendip hills of Somerset, England. Her husband and collaborator Bainbridge sits by her side while their dog, Gimli, is perched on her lap.