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For over 30 years I have worked extensively as an artist and designer. Initially I began in printed textiles and then set up my own design company and for the last decade have worked as an artist.

I graduated in 1978 from liverpool polytechnic with a degree in printed textiles and then in 1980 an ma in printed textiles at manchester university.

During the 1980’s I produced printed textile and fashion collections under my own label incorporating my own one-off fabrics. From 1985/95 I ran my own stationary company designing and marketing my own designs, selling to harvey nichols, liberty, harrods and selfridges in london, and exporting to the usa and japan.

Increasingly I became disillusioned with the design world and wanted to start all over again. After seeing a series of programmes on television in 1998 about outsider art, I began working on a life project the ‘house of dreams museum’ within my home and garden in east dulwich. Every surface inside and outside has been covered with found objects, ie false teeth, old disabled dolls, bottle tops and wigs. Together with my hand-written memory boards which recall important events in my life.

I have visited many outsider environmens in france, including picassiette in chartres, palais ideal in hauterives, and the home of bodan litnianski. I am influenced by the spirit and freedom of outsider art, and in particular the outsider movement in france.

The house of dreams has been bequeathed to the national trust.


The House of Dreams

The House of Dreams

First footage of House of Dreams Project. (Super LOW BUDGET, shot with 1CCD camera) Stephen Wright is an artist living and working in London. "The House of Dreams" is currently his home but slowly transforming into a Museum. We aim to raise funding to shoot a 1,5 hour documentary. Please feel free to contact us if you want to help us or find out more. Below a bit more about the museum and contact details of the artist: The House of Dreams Museum In 1999 I began work on a life project THE HOUSE OF DREAMS MUSEUM in my home in East Dulwich, south London. With the help of collaborator Donald Jones, I wanted to transform my house and garden into a shrine to my own obsessions. I am fascinated with over embellishment and intend to completely adorn and smother every available surface inside and outside the house. The museum is a journey of self-exploration, incorporating my passions, which include popular religious art from Mexico, South America, India and Haiti. I am adorning my environment to create a shrine to my life using found and bought junk, toys,glitter,bottle tops,old pottery and kitsch souvenier objects. A strong spiritual influence has emerged, inspired by Haitian voodoo dolls. These fetish objects have been an ideal vehicle for developing a series of larger than life mosaiced and mixed media characters. THE HOUSE OF DREAMS MUSEUM is supported by National Trust and will be eventually bestowed to the nation. Viewings all the year round are available by appointment only by contacting or telephoning 02082993164.
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