Workshop – Headington School




Expanding Space

Charlotte and Will, practicing designers based in London, set a challenge to lower sixth art students at Headington School: to construct the biggest space from the smallest package. Using very thin mirrored plastic sheeting (commonly called a space blanket), employed by NASA and marathon runners for heat retention, the students investigated what space might mean, as well as how to create so much from so little. The day began with a simple exercise in pairs to create a large cube with a hole in one side. Taken outdoors, wind filled the cubes until full, so that when the pair crawled in and closed the hole, hey presto, a space is formed. In the afternoon, the students dived headlong into the main challenge, finding locations to inhabit in and around the art department. The workshop ended with each pair performing a magic trick: transforming their small, lifeless bundle of membrane into a large and exciting space to explore and discuss.

A workshop by Charlotte Kingsnorth and Will Yates-Johnson

Photography by Will Yates-Johnson