Curator of Visual Art and Joseph Wright Study Centre
We wanted to find out more about Matt, so we asked him some questions and here is what he had to say…
- Many of the people that Joseph Wright painted chose to be depicted with an object that tells us something about them as a person. What object would you choose and why?
A book press. I look after the works on paper by Joseph Wright and the reference library at Derby Museums. I’m also conservation bookbinder using traditional methods and work with artists on creative projects. Paper is also made using a press.
- If you could be any animal from the Nature Gallery, which would you be and why?
A butterfly. I’m fascinated with the beauty and symmetry that can be found in nature.
- What makes you happy?
Hats, Paris, bookshops and a good real ale pub.
- What do you love to do in your spare time? (Aside from working at the museum, obviously)
Bookbinding, art and I’ve also been fascinated with origami for many years. I love the challenge of making complex models from a simple square of paper or ‘modular origami’ which is folded from multiple units.