Monday 5 October 2009


Flooring specialist Amtico International has assisted an up and coming artist to stage her first solo exhibition.

Sculptor, Freya Gabie, specialises in installation work by re-modeling functional materials into different forms.

The collaboration between artist and the Coventry-based business saw a manipulation of the top layer of Amtico’s vinyl flooring. The urethane film was installed in its traditional state, and then using wires attached to the floor and ceiling; it was gently raised lifting the layers to create a rugged mountain range.

The installation artist secured a six week residency at the independent Meantime Space Gallery in Cheltenham, after her work was recognized in a new art competition ‘the open west’ which attracted over 380 entrants. Freya was amongst 40 artists selected from the competition which directly lead to her solo show.

Commenting on the exhibition, titled ‘Desirelines’, Freya said: “It was an amazing opportunity to stage my own exhibition. I’m very grateful to Amtico for being so accommodating in helping me fulfill my inspiration. The quality and structure of their product was perfect to illustrate by vision.

“Through the methods of casting, carving, stacking and sometimes breaking, a subtle bullying of a material will reveal a new quality. My intentions are to dissipate an object away from its former state giving it a new identity.”

Sian Lewis, UK marketing manager for Amtico International, added: “As a market leader we are continually creating new flooring designs that are inspirational, distinctive and practical for both consumers and commercial customers.

“We fully support Freya and other emerging artists, as it is their imagination and unique ideas that help to shape future designs. We would like to wish Freya a long and successful career.”

Issued on behalf of Amtico International by Connect PR

For further information, please contact Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or email

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