The Confessional

A few years ago I sent out 200 identical pieces of card to friends and acquaintances, along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope and a request for an anonymous confession.
86 people responded.
I designed and built The Confessional couch to accommodate them all in a patchwork design;adding a few notorious confessions to the mix (Yorkshire Ripper, Lance Armstrong) and finally of course, my own.
Carved into three of the legs are quotations on the subject of confession by Casanova, Karl Marx and Zadie Smith. On the fourth leg is carved the form of words used by Catholics at the start of a confession.
Under the seat, the base cloth is printed with a signed ‘thank you‘, to all the people who took part in the project – whoever they are.

The Confessional couch, plus an accompanying piece called The Dice were at the centre of an exhibition called Confess! at The bowie gallery in Totnes, along with the work of the artist Alice Leach.

I put my two favourite confessions on pair of cushions that you will find in the cushion shop.


…my own confession? Something to do with a cat and a freezer….


Frame designed and built by Lorraine Osborne. Fabric designed by Lorraine Osborne / Graphics by Bill Osborne. Printed on heavy Panama cotton at The Glasgow School of Art. The legs are sheet aluminium on wood. The trimming is made from sheet aluminium.



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