• Short Summary

    Wall hangings featuring figures made of wire are seen being made.

  • Description

    Clerkenwell, London.

    Narrator explains how fashion in most forms of art seems to run in cycles. In 1957 contemporary design in every sphere is going back to simplicity.

    We are introduced to a new art - wire modelling. C/Us of a designer at work on a painting of a skier. Various shots of craftsmen in a factory in Clerkenwell bending and welding wire into the shape of a skier. Various shots of the wire being shaped by hand and simple machines. The skier takes shape - its arms and legs are welded. The models are then incorporated into wire frames. C/U of man welding then checking the caricatures.

    M/S of man using a spray paint gun to decorate the wire. M/S of two women "dressing the models" gingham trousers and a straw hat are added to a model. Other completed figures are seen - they are presumably to be hung on the wall. Narrator ends by saying that these artworks may not be to everyone's taste but there is no doubt that it is a refreshingly novel idea.

    Note: featured people include the artist Harry West, Joe Hutchins, Albert Pettle, Jim Dunlop, Derek Martin, Marcia Martin, Lilian Ray and Edward Elson.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    61.16
    Media URN:
    1441
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1957
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:04:00 / 01:25:26:00
    Canister:
    CP 125

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