Since completing my PhD in The Domestic Soundscape and beyond… presenting everyday sounds to audiences in 2011, I have been working as a practicing artist. In May 2013 I will commence an early career research fellowship at Oxford Brookes University, developing my practice within the context of the Sonic Art Research Unit.
Although I work with a variety of media including silk-screen printing and hand-knitting, I am best known for my creative uses of sound. My projects use field-recordings and interviews to explore the meaning of objects and social contexts, and in the UK I am gaining recognition for my socially-engaged approach to working with everyday sounds.
Domestic themes – food, clothing, shelter – preoccupy my work, and recent commissions include Sonic Wallpapers (funded by Museum of Domestic design and Architecture) in which historic wallpapers were explored through sound; a soundtrack for a 1930s antenatal care film, Bathing & Dressing, Parts 1 & 2, (funded by The Wellcome Library and The British Film Institute); and a hand-knitted sound-system, Hûrd A KNITSONIK™ PRODUKTION, combining wool and sounds taken from Cumbrian sheep farms (funded by The Wool Marketing Board and Rheged Art Gallery). I was recently interviewed for the publication “In the Field”, and presented my work at the associated symposium at The British Library in February.
Forthcoming projects include:
“How are we using field recordings to change the world?” – A Sound Diaries Symposium, UK
“Radiophonics & Me” – a radio show about Daphne Oram, Maddalena Fagandini and Delia Derbyshire commissioned for MuseRuole
“Tuned City Brussels” – a field recording workshop for the Tuned City Festival, to be jointly run with Valeria Merlini, Belgium
“Plaidie & Draft” – an online correspondence re: textiles and sounds, with James Wyness, UK
“Listening to Shetland Wool” – a presentation using field recordings and oral histories being created especially for Shetland Wool Week
“KNITSONIK Estonia” – a project to develop soundscapes for the Estonian National Museum, based on the historic textiles held in their archives, Estonia
Photo of Felicity Ford © Mark Stanley
© 2013 Felicity Ford | Theme by Eleven Themes