Dovecot Weaver Jonathan Cleaver and artist Than Clark began collaborating in the autumn of 2010 prior to Clark’s graduation from Goldsmiths. Clark was keen to produce an interior textile object, and on hearing about the For I.H. rug created at Dovecot with artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz for his exhibition at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, he approached the Studio and the allegiance was formed. Dovecot then created Konnigratz/Hamichuri/Konnigratz/Hamichuri with Clark – a gilded stucco ceiling in hand-tufted carpet medium, positioned on the floor as part of the artist’s exhibition Waves at Matthew Gallery, Berlin in 2013.
Clark returned to work with Cleaver and Tufter Dennis Reinmüller, to create a series of four rugs for display at the art fair BASEL in Liste, in June 2014. The set of four luxurious rugs, in black, dark blue and white yarn with leather and wool braided tassels and fringing, were draped over oak and brass commissioned stands made in Berlin. The rugs were inspired by the death fantasies of Bruce Chatwin and formed part of an installation at BASEL by the artist, which included a set of illustrative glass panels relating to Chatwin’s unpublished story Rotting Fruit and photographs of Henry James with an alleged boyfriend. Clark spent an intensive period of time producing monochrome drawings as designs for the rugs before working collaboratively with Cleaver and Reinmüller to realise the concept.