Hermione Allsopp & Hastings Furniture Service

Hermione Allsopp makes sculptural work by collecting objects and furniture and re-creating them into new forms or compositions. These are familiar, known, domestic items that have been discarded in charity or junk shops – not, inert materials, but ones that carry collective attachments, memories and meanings. As sculpture, these re-done, or un-done-up objects begin to exist as something else and are intended to raise questions about the value and material nature of everyday objects.

For her ITV ident, Hermione worked with Hastings Furniture Service, a local independent registered charity that provides affordable reused furniture, helps low-income households to furnish their homes, and provides practical opportunities for people to gain skills, experience and confidence.

Every year the HFS team:- Collects and re-uses over 300 tonnes of furniture and electricals that would otherwise go to waste.- Helps over 2,000 low-income households furnish their homes.- Supports over 100 people who are out of work to gain skills and confidence.

Hermione Allsopp and HFS were introduced to ITV by Quiet Down There, a Community Interest Company that specialises in amplifying the everyday.