Faye Toogood: Assemblage 6, Unlearning examines an object’s journey from idea to finished product or sculpture. The starting point for the reflections is British designer and artist Faye Toogood's Assemblage 6 collection – originally a series of 300 scale models made of cardboard, wire or whatever Toogood happened to find in her studio. A total of 17 of them were eventually selected to be made in actual size.
This book captures the raw moment of inception behind a designer’s collection. Assemblage 6 started off with almost 300 maquettes: chairs, lamps, stools, or daybeds made of wire, cardboard, tape, and canvas, or the everyday materials to be found in Faye Toogood’s studio. But having lined up these rather crude, almost childlike maquettes, the collection, in essence, was decided. Seventeen were chosen to be scaled up to life-size works, and here we have an immersive journey through all the original maquettes and their occasional passage into the real world of furniture/sculpture, a book that plays with the sense of dissimulation evident in the final artworks, or the fact that some objects are not always what they seem at first glance.
The Man Booker-nominated author Sophie Mackintosh opens with this idea in her short story, while the book closes on an essay by the independent writer and curator Glenn Adamson, who ultimately provides context for the collection and process as a whole.