Creative Commercial Collections (CCC) Introduction
Creative Commercial Collections is a pilot scheme run by Hampshire Cultural Trust and the National Motor Museum Trust, along with support from the Jane Austen House Museum and a-space arts.
The aim of the scheme is to strengthen relationships between historical collections and artistic endeavours, as well as providing a platform for contemporary designers and makers.
At the end of last year, artists from The Sorting Office were asked to pitch ideas for a luxury item prototype, inspired by one of three objects: Jane Austen’s pelisse coat, the 1929 record speed breaking Golden Arrow car, and the garden of Jane Austen’s cottage home in Chawton.
Although initially only one or two designs were to be picked, the calibre of the designs was so high that three artists were chosen to develop their ideas into commercially viable products.