This website is the home of all things
made individually and collaboratively
by Mike Pollard and Rika Yamasaki;
collectively MR Studio London.
The things we create as MR Studio London are an extension of ideas that relate to our work as artists over the years and has naturally developed out of our current home and surroundings in London.
Before starting MR Studio London we both had a background in Fine Art and worked separately across different fields, exploring photography, sculpture, drawing and installation. Rika’s work as an artist connected to ideas of femininity & subjectivity; using the female form as well as elements of fairytales- in their often natural and idealistic woodland settings- to explore an idea of fantasy or female stereotype. Mike had a more sculptural background in his work with a love for exploring pure/natural materials such as wood, chalk and clay- using process/repetition to find beauty within the isolation of small and simple elements. As we began to work together collaboratively we found there was space for a coupling of both our passions and interests the more we worked directly in the environment.
Our work now generally comes from closely watching and interacting with nature as it subtly changes and grows in the area around our home. Selecting and rearranging elements of flowers/foliage that we find, playing with scale and combinations, the work we create becomes a documentation of place and time as well as a poetic way to work with the landscape. We love especially to find inspiration or materials in unexpected cracks and corners- like flowers growing out of crumbling walls or bits of the forest creeping into neglected alleyways. It feels really rewarding to turn something that would be mostly overlooked into something beautiful that can be kept and cherished.
About Flowers & Foliage
All the flowers and foliage that feature in our work are from our little garden & a big forest nearby where we live. Everything from our garden has been home-grown and kept organic wherever possible. More often we grow from seeds as we like the challenge and connection we get from nurturing something throughout its growth and watching the different forms it takes. Whenever we take anything from the forest or surrounding area to our home we very carefully select and pick each flower/leaf taking only the small amount that we will use and make sure not to cause any harm to the environment around us. We never buy cut or pre-pressed flowers and so everything we use in our work has a natural and honest connection to our everyday lives and is something we have cared for or considered.
Our Lino prints sit alongside our pressed flower work with the designs all based on things that we have pressed and our previous arrangements. As a lot of the work we make with real flowers and foliage is one-off, these prints are a good way for us to capture, reproduce and explore some of the things that drew us to the original element with added focus on the forms and shapes or details that interested us in a particular moment. All our Lino prints are hand carved and printed in our little studio in small editions and batches.
Given what we do sustainability is really integral to our work, especially with our reliance on nature as a raw material and working so much in our local environment it’s so important that we can work, grow and help maintain our surroundings. We try not to be wasteful in our practice which extends through ecological printing processes (including any third party printers we work with), the way we source, limit or recycle our use of materials as well as being incredibly selective and respectful with the flowers/foliage that we collect.
Paper features throughout what we do and is the base material for nearly all our work. We are constantly learning about the environmental impacts of various papers and change the papers we use to be the most ecological and suitable that we can find. We try to make sure that the papers we use are all vegan friendly and contain no gelatine or animal products in their making as well as balancing the relative costs of energy/resources needed in manufacture, processing and distribution. We use a range of different papers across our work and this is something we will keep considering and adapting as we go.
Last order date to receive before Mother's Day for UK customers is Monday 25th March Dismiss