Published on October 22, 2013 | by Beau Bass


Chelsea MA show breaks visitor record

Grass house installation at Chelsea College

Necole’s grass house has attracted attention worldwide [Gavin Freebone] 

Chelsea’s latest MA show has seen a record number of visitors, hosting more than 3,500 guests from industry and the arts.

From Textile Design to Fine Art, the event showcased many of the college’s art and design disciplines.

MA Fine Art graduate Necole Schmitz said: “Many fellow students on the MA this year had amazing works that really stood out and I think this helped create a certain buzz.”

Schmitz’ signature creation, a grass house inspired by Native American architecture, gained international press coverage across the US and the UK, with interest from publications such as Art Daily, Artlyst and Culture 24.

‘I’m looking into you like a forest’ was Schmitz’ main project and the centre-piece of the show.


The grass house, more than five meters in diameter, was made from hazel, willow, wheat, straw, leather and jute.

Inside the creation there were a series of performances in which dancers, dressed as her mother and father, interacted with members of the audience to the sound of a gramophone.

Schmitz said: “It was a total experiment as I had no previous experience making anything on this scale but thankfully, barring a few setbacks, it went to plan.”

Liz Nehdi, MA Textile Design graduate, transformed a French Citroën 2CV into an eye-catching muse.

The car’s original transformation was featured in The Guardian: “It all started when I moved to France and found love at first sight. The object of my affections? A second-hand car, ‘Orangina’ as my husband and I affectionately call her, given to us by an uncle,” she told the paper.


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