FUTURETRO ...
Sculpting, Farnham Surrey United Kingdom
 
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2 Eastdale
East Street
Farnham, Surrey
Brief Summary
Futuretro creates interactive light sculptures that are inspired by the natural world, dreams and inner visions.
Futuretro [pronounced future-retro] is my creative alias and it symbolises a harmonious ‘balance of opposites’. The general theme of my work is the flow and balance of energies. I like to express and share my energy by channelling it into my creations; they are physical representations of the energy that flows through my soul. It is my aim to make unique, eye-catching sculptures for people to enjoy, in the hope of promoting and spreading positivity.
It is possible to interact with Futuretro light sculptures by changing their shapes, patterns and colours using various processes and technologies. Some of the light sculptures also have the additional interactive quality of being responsive to sound and music.
Due to my increasing concern for the wellbeing of nature I evolved my form of artistic expression in order to account for its environmental impact… I started heat-sculpting discarded offcuts of acrylic. This technique allows me to create fluid, organic compositions that represent my perception of nature’s energy. Because of this ‘nature synthesis’ and the ‘balance of opposites’ between the natural forms that I sculpt and the synthetic quality of the acrylic, I call these sculptures ‘Naturesynth’. In order to reduce waste and energy consumption most of the components that I now use to create Naturesynth sculptures are sourced by recycling scrapped materials. My hope is that Naturesynth sculptures can spread positive energy through an environmentally friendly and sustainable creative process and help to raise awareness of the necessity for humans to live in harmony with nature.
Futuretro sculptures are Carbon Balanced; I offset any unavoidable carbon emissions that are associated with their creation. Futuretro also supports: Greenpeace, the World Wide Fund for Nature, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Rainforest Concern, the Rainforest Foundation and the World Land Trust.

“Humans did not weave the web of life; we are merely a strand in it. Therefore, what we do to the web we do to ourselves. We must be at peace with the oneness of all life’s energy in order for harmony to arise. Unity with nature is the key to a positive progression.”

Jamie Barrett – Futuretro. (Surrey Artist of the Year 2010).
Professional Experience
Name: Jamie Barrett.
Address: 2 Eastdale, East Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7TB.
Telephone: 07941 567952.
Email: jamie@futuretro.co.uk
Website: www.futuretro.co.uk
Date of birth: 16th January 1978.

EDUCATION:
1989 – 1994: 12 GCSEs (1 A – Art & Design, 10 B’s & 1 C). Salesian College, Farnborough.
1994 – 1996: 3 A Levels (Inc. B – Art & Design, C – Graphics). Farnham Sixth Form College.
1996 – 1998: B Tech (Foundation Studies in Art & Design). Surrey Institute of Art & Design.

EXPERIENCE, EXHIBITIONS & COMMISSIONS:
1999: Employment - Assistant interior designer for Barbara Lomas. Barbados, West Indies.
1999: Training - ‘InBiz’ self-employment business training course. Woking, Surrey.
2000: Commission – Bespoke sculptural coffee table. ‘Axol Laboratories’. Bordon, Hants.
2000: Commission – Bespoke light sculpture. Victoria Gibson. Rickmansworth, Herts.
2001: Commission – 2 bespoke light sculptures. Jill & Dave King. Lee, London.
2002: Commission – Bespoke light sculpture. Dr John Beer. Farnham, Surrey.
2002: Exhibition – ‘100% Design’. Earls Court, London.
2002: Commission – Bespoke light sculpture. ‘Le Ciel Bleu’ fashion boutique. Osaka, Japan.
2003: Commission – 2 bespoke light sculptures. ‘Locomocean Design’. London.
2003: Commission – 2 bespoke light sculptures. ‘Lounge Lover’ bar. Shoreditch, London.
2003: Commission – Bespoke light sculpture. Carol & Aubrey Glasier. Los Angeles, USA.
2003: Training – Cabinet making training. ‘Hartley Wood Interiors’. Alton, Hampshire.
2004: Commission – 5 bespoke cabinets. Carolyn Smith. Farnham, Surrey.
2004: Commission – 5 bespoke light sculptures. ‘Elevate Night Club’. New Delhi, India.
2004: Commission – Bespoke illuminated display cabinet. ‘Easyleaf Ltd.’. Farnham, Surrey.
2005: Commission – Bespoke light sculpture. ‘JVL Systems Inc.’. Tokyo, Japan.
2005: Exhibition – ‘100% Design’. Tokyo, Japan.
2005: Commission – 2 bespoke light sculptures. ‘JVL Systems Inc.’. Tokyo, Japan.
2005: Commission – Bespoke illuminating multi-media cabinet. Jonathan Barrett. London.
2005: Commission – Bespoke illuminating dj desk. Nicholas Senior. Farnham, Surrey.
2006: Commission – Bespoke illuminating multi-media cabinet. Rob Hoadley. London.
2006: Commission – Bespoke illuminating dj desk. Matthew Leach. Farnham, Surrey.
2006 – 2007: Commissions – A collection of bespoke (illuminating) acrylic cake stands. ‘Squires Group’. Farnham, Surrey.
2006: Commission – 2 bespoke light sculptures. Colin Harding. Farnham, Surrey
2007: Commission – 2 bespoke book cases. Caroline Landers. Headley, Hampshire.
2007: Commission – Bespoke hardwood decking with integral lighting and storage benches. Jonathan Barrett. London.
2007: Commission – 7 bespoke wardrobes. Caroline Landers. Headley, Hampshire.
2008: Commission – Bespoke airing cupboard. Steve & Suzie. Mallinder. Frensham, Surrey.
2008: Commission – Bespoke chest of drawers. Caroline Landers. Headley, Hampshire.
2008: Commission – Bespoke multi-media mock chimney breast & illuminated fire place. Jonathan Barrett. London.
2008: Commission – 3 bespoke book cases. Caroline Landers. Headley, Hampshire.
2008: Commission – 2 bespoke oak mirror frames. Clare Scott. Farnham, Surrey.
2008: Commission – Bespoke wardrobes. Olive Price. Farnham, Surrey.
2008: Commission – Bespoke multi-media cabinet & side board. Paul Cater. London.
2008: Commission – Bespoke dresser. Caroline Landers. Headley, Hampshire.
2008: Commission – Bespoke cupboards. Yvonne & Paul Little. Lindford, Hampshire.
2008: Acceptance into ‘The Guild of Master Craftsmen’.
2008 – 2009: Commission – Bespoke dressing room, including 32 wardrobes & 54 drawer units. Trisha & Michael Frayne. Pyrford Court, Ripley, Surrey.
2009: Commission – Bespoke multi-media cabinet. Ali & Nigel Myer. Haslemere, Surrey.
2009: Commission – 6 bespoke book cases. Ali & Nigel Myer. Haslemere, Surrey.
2009: Commission – Bespoke glass balustrades. Carol & Matt Fisher. Godalming, Surrey.
2010: Commission – Bespoke multi-media cabinets & book cases. John & Sue Beer. Farnham, Surrey.
2010: Exhibition – ‘Surrey Artists Open Studios’. Farnham, Surrey.
2010: Commission – Bespoke light sculpture. Carol & Matt Fisher. Godalming, Surrey.
2010: Commission – Bespoke light sculpture. Jill & Dave King. Lee, London.
2010: Exhibition – ‘Surrey Artist of the Year 2010’. ‘New Ashgate Gallery’. Farnham, Surrey.
2010: Winner – ‘Surrey Artist of the Year 2010’.

PRESS COVERAGE:
2002: ‘idfx’.
2002: ‘Forma Interiors’.
2002: ‘Light’.
2003: ‘Interior Design’. (Light sculptures featured as ‘Editor’s choice’).
2003: ‘Interior Digest’. (Russia).
2003: ‘Elle Decoration’.
2004: ‘The Observer’. (Light sculptures featured at ‘Lounge Lover’ bar in an article entitled ‘The world’s 10 chicest, sleekest places to eat’).
2007: ‘Metacreative Magazine’. (Online magazine).
2008/2009: ‘Guild of Master Craftsmen News’.
2010: ‘Surrey Advertiser’. (Winning Surrey Artist of the Year).
2010: ‘Star Courier’. (Winning Surrey Artist of the Year).
2010: ‘Farnham Herald’. (Winning Surrey Artist of the Year).
2010: ‘Surrey Life’. (Winning Surrey Artist of the Year).
2011: ‘Premier Magazine’. (Exclusive lifestyle publication).

REFERENCES:
Dr. John Beer. Bools Farm, Farnham Road, Farnham, Surrey. GU10 4LE.
Carol & Matt Fisher. The Folly, 54 Ockford Road, Godalming, Surrey. GU7 1QU.
Jill & Dave King. 62, Micheldever Road, Lee, London. SE12 8LU.
Awards and Recognition

Surrey Artist of the Year 2010

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