Two weeks ago, my classmates and I visited the House of Dreams museum by Stephen Wright, in East Dulwich, London. Stephen started his career as a successful textiles print designer but changed his orientation towards outsider art later on. The House of dreams is a museum within Stephen’s own home, which he started with his partner in 1998. He worked on the house for 9 years privately before opening it up to the public. Now, the house has been bequeathed to the National Trust. The house contains some parts of Stephen’s diary, where he expresses the loss of his partner and parents. It is extremely moving to see someone so open with his emotions.
Every surface of the house inside and out is covered with found objects, plastic bottles, broken dolls, wigs etc.
I found the house of dreams incredibly inspirational. It seemed like a fairy tale house to me. The colours, patterns, and sculptures around the room created a real mystical atmosphere. Although everything is second hand and found, he has managed to create something precious once it is all assembled together. It has made me a lot more open about what type of materials and objects I could use in my own work.
His website is very eye-catching and there is a good BBC video that gives a good overview of his work if you are interested. I have put the links below. His house isn’t open all year round but you can make appointments in advance.
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWCMXzyDgFA