Archive: October, 2009

Mapping the move

31st October, 2009

The UAL Centre for Drawing are inviting alumni to draw the Southhampton Row and Charing Cross sites before Central Saint Martins school, based there, moves to King’s Cross. The project is called Mapping the Move. The CSM Museum and Contemporary Collection are now the owners of the drawing directly below. I choose to draw in the two places where I constructed and exhibited site-specific pieces for my graduate MA show (1998) at Charing Cross Road.

drawing, Mapping the Move, CSM, Charing Cross Road
CSM Charing Cross Road 8th floor landing, 30th October

Mapping the move drawing CSM 9th flr studio
CSM Charing Cross Road 9th floor studio, 30th October

Uncharted Stories – Opening

28th October, 2009

Uncharted Stories POSTER Helen Couchman

Uncharted Stories
Private View –› 6 – 9 pm October 29

Daniel Baker
Pedro Carvalho de Almeida

Helen Couchman
Annabel Dover
Dettie Gould

Sara Angel Guerrero-Rippberger & Rossella Emanuele
Hannah Hurst

Ope Sarah Lori

Catherine Maffioletti
Aaron McPeake
Marcela Montoya-Turnill & Cayetano H. Rios

Idit Nathan
Jane Norris
Deepan Sivaraman
Tansy Spinks
Deborah True
Anna Vickers
Senem Yazan

28 October –› 5 November, 2009
11 am –› 6 pm

The Triangle Space
Chelsea College of Art & Design
16 John Islip Street
London, SW1P 4JU



Uncharted Stories panel discussion

27th October, 2009

Thursday 29 October, 3:30 – 4:30pm
Triangle Space at Chelsea College of Art & Design

Open discussion on identity research with Uncharted Stories exhibitors:
Aaron McPeake
Ope Sarah Lori
Sara Angel Guerrero- Rippberger
Helen Couchman
Researcher at Chelsea, Dr Carol Tulloch

Update: 10/11/09

Thanks to IN for the photos

Mrs. West’s Hats review – Dakai magazine

26th October, 2009

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Dakai magazine is a new online journal of the independent arts devoted to creating a necessary, mutually nurturing bridge between the artistic communities of China and the rest of the world.

Beijing based artist Helen Couchman’s new book uses an eclectic collection of hats left to her by her departed grandmother to weave a striking and stylish narrative of an adventurous young woman and her exploration of identity and self-presentation.
A celebration of both her grandmother’s life and mid-twentieth millenary design, Couchman’s photographs ape the fashion photography of the time and resurrect an array of bold and colorful characters that although long out of “fashion” seem as vibrant and exciting as anything we’ve seen recently. The hats, all of which are authentic vintage, range in style from the colorful and classically feminine to the avant-garde, gently recalling a time before the sleekness of the modern era when a hat could serve as the proverbial “cherry on top” of a dignified yet colorful outfit.

Mrs West’s Hats – Beijing book launch

9th October, 2009

Thursday 15th October 7.30pm:
Mrs West’s Hats
by Helen Couchman
a book launch

Helen Couchman’s new book is a thoughtful, quiet meditation on the life of her grandmother, a remarkable lady and the owner of a number of extravagant hats. Tonight we explore memory, history, heritage, and inheritance via this beautiful little work, soon to be launched in London and worldwide.
Currently attracting international media attention, Helen’s new book is launched in a climate of worldwide recession – the most pertinent of times to look back on an earlier, less consumer-focused era, and perhaps to a time when beautiful objects were treasured more than they are today.

Helen Couchman is a visual artist based in Beijing, and the author of ‘Gongren’. Tonight’s discussion features art critic and philosopher Anthony Gorman, and Time Out’s fabulous art editor Stacey Duff.
Jenny Niven, The Bookworm Beijing

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