this is not a feminist act (I), 2014. Bra, thread, nails. 28 x 42 cm. © Flo Yapp. Courtesy: the artist

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Often textiles art is seen as an outsider art or as a type of craft. I want to expand the expectations of Fine Art to acknowledge textiles and tactile sculpture as an acceptable form of contemporary art.

My practice explores textiles from tactile sculpture to embroidery. I primarily focus on interaction and participation, and feel that it is crucial for the viewer to touch and experience the artwork. I also create hand embroidery pieces, which are smaller in scale, exploring a craft element. With the smaller scale and the handmade quality referencing smaller batch production rather than mass manufacture. These works are not made to be put on a plinth or in a case, but instead invite the viewer to break down the boundaries between themselves and the artwork. My work is greatly influenced by Lygia Clark, a Brazilian artist whose interactive sculpture was sometimes created to be destroyed by the participant.

I explore the decline of the British textile industry, as well as craft and home-work. Investigating the role of women at a time when a lot of British manufacture has moved abroad, I am confronting the viewer with the value of women’s work, though a Fine art aesthetic.

Flo Yapp

Sculptor and performance artist

Website design and programming: Timothy Holt

Flo Yapp (b. 1993, Birmingham)

lives and works in London


2014 - 2015:

MA Participatory and Community Arts, Goldsmiths, University of London, London UK

2011 - 2014:

BA Hons Fine Art, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK

Selected exhibitions:


beyond limit speed, A&D Gallery, London UK

UCA Graduation Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK

Help! Savages, Oxford House, London UK

48 hours, 44AD Gallery, Bath UK


EighthWonder, 44AD Gallery, Bath UK

The Perfect System, The Arch Gallery, London UK


Derivative, Menier Gallery, London UK

Curatorial and assisting projects:


Fresh Is More, APG Gallery, Sheffield UK

Arnolfini, Bristol UK

UCA Graduation Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK


Aesthetica: The Art and Culture Magazine, York UK

44AD Gallery, Bath UK


Guerilla Galleries, London UK

Liquid Brick, Menier Gallery, London UK

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