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Coming soon:  essays 2015 - 2017

UK artist Martha Haversham was born in London and now lives in Wivenhoe, Essex. She has a coastal studio in Seawick, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Her current practice combines found object collage and fine art photography. She is internationally recognised for her 'trashion' imagery as part of her Smallditch project which began in 2017

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My interdisciplinary practice responds to the world aesthetically, conceptually and satirically. I am exploring value and worth; using techniques from both the visual and performing arts to evaluate lives and objects of low and hidden status.

To paraphrase Primo Levi, we are all dancing atoms of carbon. At a quantum level, particles move with unimaginable vigour so by extension, death becomes a different act in the minute ballet of life. The way in which this perpetual molecular dance affects our perception of time also intrigues and is explored in micro-installation and choreography in two-dimensional space. Through this prism, life's detritus is elevated to truth, providing social commentary via unexpected means of articulation. I wish to explore this universality of dance, it is both life and death and my starting point. 


In 2016/17 I moved my practice to the absurd, to Narragonia. For years I supported my creative projects with income from a stereotypical job with no progression whatsoever and I began to address the confusion of my artistic status whilst assisting others in power. Originally, my found fashion/trashion was picked-up on my lunch break and made back in the office. As an artist, I am interested in how this practical necessity feeds into the perception of what constitutes interdisciplinary practice and female art;  if the price of my artwork rises to reflect my status as a contemporary artist, it will be in direct contrast to the diminishing value of the invisible secretary who made them.   

Smallditch continues to be at the centre of my practice, a place I like to be and through which I can explore aesthetic appreciation in a way that does not cost the earth, but rather helps it along. Through 'trashion' I can dress the imagination. To be oblique and inaccessible in this conceptual realm is pointless; my use of nostalgic triggers, playful miniature scale, digital platforms, found objects and natural materials are a conduit to the philosophy that art empowers, sustains and rewards, providing a profundity of endeavour and a curiosity equal to all.


Martha Haversham

Still life with brushes by Martha Havers

Still Life with Bark, Feathers and Paint Brushes 2018


Poodlepods: a Pointless Office-Orientated Dynamic Learning Environment 2016

Palitoy Pippa doll photo story published on Instagram alongside Powerpoint eLearning videos on YouTube.

2017 - Present

Latest images from the Smallditch trashion project can be viewed daily on Instagram  @smallditch 


2024 Cosmopolitan Germany, print and digital edition, May issue 

2023 Nicole Saldana Footwear, NYC - AW23 

2023 Everyday Plastic 'Choose Loose' SS23 campaign

2023 Cidade Jardim, Brazil - annual campaign 

2022 Ponte alle Grazie publishing house, Milan

2022 Random House New York

2021 Lulu Guinness X Smallditch2hjh2jhkjhjh

2021 Harper's BAZAAR Japan Chanel feature June Issue

2021 DuPont Sorona(R) LUXE

2020 Stella McCartney X Smallditch AW20 campaign

2020 The Pink Lemonade + Nike + Smallditch

2020 V Magazine / Gigi Journal II

2020 ELLE UK print and digital editions February Issue

2019 ELLE UK Print and digital editions December Issue


2016 -  Poodlepods (Pointless Office-Orientated Dynamic Learning Environment) a multi-platform project with a 1976 Palitoy Pippa doll 

Selected Exhibitions 2007 - 2015

2015 Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting, Swindon Art Gallery 

2014 Solo Show, Rayleigh Windmill, Rochford, Essex 

2014 East Anglia Artists, The East Contemporary Art Collection, Waterside Gallery, Ipswich 

2013 Solo Show, New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge 

2013 Sculpture, Sand and Sea, Walton Sculpture Trail, Essex 

2013 Artist in Residence, Holocaust Memorial Week, Human Rights Centre, Essex 

2010 East London Design Show, Shoreditch, London

2010 Kunstbehandlung - Metamorphosen, Munich

2010 Clerkenwell Design Week  

2010 Outside World Gallery, Redchurch St, London Design Festival

2010 London Design Festival, 60 Frith Street, London 

2010 Kunstbehandlung 'London Calling' Munich 

2010 London Festival of Architecture 

2009 Solo show, Greenwich Picture House, London 

2009 Naze Tower Art Gallery, Walton, Essex 

2008 National Army Museum, Chelsea, London (unfinished)

2008 Alma Street Gallery, Wivenhoe 

2007 Life Gallery, Colchester 

Public Collections: 

East Contemporary Art, Waterside Gallery, Ipswich 

Collection of Contemporary British Painting and Photography, Swindon Art Gallery, UK.


Mrs Haversham
2010 - present
2010 - present
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