Aimee Bollu is a collector, a gatherer, an arranger of the things people have discarded and forgotten. She seeks out objects that have fallen out of use, out of society, and brings them back to life. I have followed Aimee’s work for a couple of years now, since she graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Honours degree in Decorative Arts. I was firstly drawn to her ceramic colour palette and then the intriguing nature and perplexing personality of her creations. She uses objects we would normally discard and gives them a new life united with her ceramics. Fine handcrafted ceramic vessels meet and collaborate with the seemingly litter of the everyday, becoming something they were never originally destined for.
Photographer: Terri Ng
Aimee works from her studio in Nottingham creating work for exhibitions throughout the UK and more recently a collaboration with the German Design studio – Studio Oink. I asked Aimee a little about her practice, her values and her inspiration.
“My studio is in a constant ebb and flow state. I switch between a cluttered, messy space where objects and ideas collide into existence, and then a curated, tidy space. Tidying up, re-organizing and reproaching the things in my studio is part of my process to find the right components that work together to create a cohesive piece and collection. The only consistent in my workplace is the beautiful big window that beams in lots of natural light”.
“The first thing I do when I arrive to my studio is listen to Yancey Boys (Instrumentals) produced by Jay Dee and J Dilla. By the third track I’m focused on the task at hand. I could listen to this album forever”.
“I’m getting lots of press attention at the minute, which is great, and being looked at for Trend Research that feels exciting. I also feel proud to have been selected as a Hothouse member by the Crafts Council; it was a goal of mine to get in for years before I was even eligible to apply so to have seen that through is a massive confidence booster!”
Photography: Aimee Bollu, Yasmin Ensor
“At the centre of my practice is consideration for overlooked materials and objects. My values for my business and for myself are one and the same; personal development, decisiveness, making meaningful work with integrity, and a slice of humour in there too. The pieces I make always have to have a high level of craftsmanship and an acute sense of aesthetic involved”.
“I have always been conscious in my life about the waste I produce, although I feel I could be a lot better at this. I am happy to eat slightly questionable looking food and don’t really throw a lot away. I’m really inspired by the idea of non monetary exchanges and hope to explore this further in the future”.
“The objects that I find are my inspiration, they speak of what the end piece will be. I am still trying to interpret how I get this information from an object, as most people don’t see what I do when I look at the found thing in the first place!”
Credits: Aimee Bollu
“My advice to other new creative business startups is to get great photographs. I didn’t realise at first that the majority of people who see your work wont be seeing it in real life”.