Studio Vertigo: Spin Me a Yarn

18 November 2022 - 20 November 2022

Studio Vertigo is a multidisciplinary design and fabrication studio led by artists Lucy McDonnell and Stephen Newby. Based in Newcastle, UK, the duo specialise in sculpture and light installations.
As part of the Light Up! festival in Wakefield, Studio Vertigo will bring their stunning piece of illuminated sculpture, Spin me a Yarn to the roof of The Art House.

This year, Wakefield’s light festival will see installations pop-up across the city centre to form an exciting light trail from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 November.

Spin me a Yarn takes the form of an oversized ball of wool with a 50-metre trail of neon yarn that will wrap around The Art House’s Grade 2 listed building. The engaging and playful installation is open all day; however, it is best viewed at dusk when the neon blue hues will glow from above, bringing the
artwork, and building, alive.

About the artists

McDonnell and Newby create small and large-scale sculptures and installations through their
company Full Blown – a design company that specialised in blown metal. The reflective
qualities of the inflated stainless steel sparked an interest in using light as an artistic medium
of expression, and thus, Studio Vertigo was created. Their explorations in light attempt to
set up contradictions in form, material and scale.

Studio Vertigo have exhibited internationally, including presenting installations in Sweden and The Netherlands, the UK and Lithuania.

Get the whole family involved!

Bring your little artists down for Light Up! Festival, get stuck in with our resources and create your own Spin me a Yarn piece of neon artwork!

Cut a piece of neon wool and use a glue stick to make a circle for your ball. You’ll then be able to wrap your wool around The (mini) Art House building and make it glow in UV light! Ball of wool not your thing? Use the wool to write your name or create an animal, go wherever your creative mind takes you.