Striking a Cord
By Aaron Britt / Published by Dwell

Though most of her work today deals with photography, London artist Maisie Broadhead struck gold with her cable drawings in 2009 while still a student at the Royal College of Art. “I was inspired by things around the house that are usually overlooked,” she says of the utilitarian-cum-baroque “drawing” she made over her own fireplace with the cord of a common task lamp.

First she replaced the old cable of a lamp taken from her RCA workbech with 40 feet of electrical cord (and added a new plug) purchased at the local hardware shop. Then she painstakingly affixed it above the fireplace using cable clips and a reusable wall adhesive. The 31-year-old Broadhead, who devised the project while taking a jewelry class, claims that she “came at things from more of an arts angle. I’m not a designer trying to tidy up the annoying things in our home.” Could be, but Cable Drawing #2 offers an undeniably charming road map for doing just that.

British artist Maisie Broadhead elevates the nuisance of an unsightly lamp cord to over-the-mantel art with this clever bit of DIY design.—Aaron Britt

Aaron Britt


Aaron writes the men's style column "The Pocket Square" for the San Francisco Chronicle and has written for the New York Times, the Times Magazine, Newsweek, National Geographic and others.

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