Designersblock London Edition 17

This year Designersblock took place in one of London’s most historic landmarks. The Old Sessions House was built in 1870 for the Middlesex Quarter Sessions of the justices of the peace. This iconic building on Clerkenwell Green is Grade II listed. 

Designersblock London Edition 17 showcased multidisciplinary design from over 100 independent designers, collectives and companies. DB is part of the London Design Festival.

LDF14: My Highlights

The First Law of Kipple by photographer Dan Tobin Smith is an art installation of objects collected from thrift shops and unwanted items donated by the public. The show consists of colour-coded clutter. That was without a doubt one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever seen.

Another event as part of the London Design Festival was ‘Ceramics in the City’ @ the Geffrye Museum where selected potters showcased their work.

The Saturday Market Project is a space for making, material experimentation, demonstrations, workshops in the heart  of the Shoreditch Design Triangle.

London Design Festival @ the V&A

We’ve been spoilt for choice from the plethora and quality of events during  London Design Festival. Starting from the V&A my highlights were “Human Nature” by Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert in collaboration with Perrier-Jouët. The artist’s glass installations were placed at the entrance of the Glass Galleries of the museum.

An impressive installation also by Zaha Hadid Architects across the pool in the centre of the V&A’s John Madejski Garden. “Crest has been built from a precision-engineered pre-stressed aluminium shell of minimum thickness, assembled as a flat plate and then bent into shape in situ”. 

A corner shop with a difference

Artist Lucy Sparrow has hand stitched the entire contents of a corner shop. All familiar brands of grocery have been recreated in felt. The corner shop is located in Bethnal Green, just off Columbia Road and it will be open till August 31st. It is a felt paradise!

Aspex Contemporary Makers Fair

Here are a few images from the Contemporary Makers Fair organised last weekend by Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth.

Exhibitors included: Catherine Mcginness, Laura Bennett, Petting Zoo Prints, Kate Bishop, Julie Chappell, Suzie Darcell, Carina de Jager, Catrin Dudfield, Aniko Gajdosci, EM Jewellery, Charlotte Leftley, Carly Mann, Kelly Ottessen, Vicky Saragouda, Linsey Sinclair, Kathy Williams, Sally Woodford, Julie Chappell.

In the same gallery there is also an exhibition of Clare Willard's beautiful work.

Ceramics @ Jerwood Makers Open 2014

Having recently visited the Jerwood Makers Open I’ve had to mention the exquisite work by ceramicists Hitomi Hosono and Matthew Raw. Here are a few photos.

Jerwood Makers Open

Jerwood Makers Open 2014 is currently on show at the Jerwood Space. The commissioned artists this year include Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen, glass artist Shelley James, FleaFollyArchitects and ceramicists Hitomi Hosono and Matthew Raw.

"RULE THE WORLD"

Adornments to live out your Deficiencies.

"All things considered, despots are a pretty diverse group. They’re not satisfied with just being loved, no, they want to be loved sincerely. If all else fails, they’ll force you.

What are the adornments of dictators, despots and the plain delusional? What do they need in order to let their real personalities shine through? What tools do tyrants have to show that they are in charge? Or are they in charge because they have the necessary tools? 

What type of gifts does the despot bestow upon himself? How does he indulge? What gifts can I bestow upon them so that they are assured of my eternal love and devotion?

These are some of the questions dealt with in RULE THE WORLD, a juried exhibition at Friends of Carlotta in Zürich, Switzerland, curated by Bruna Hauert.

Welcome to our world of lived-out deficiencies and psychopaths!”

Article source and images credit: Friends of Carlotta Gallery, 2014

Exhibition excerpt at Crafthaus

Waving goodbye to June with a couple of images from an English garden.

Show RCA - School of Material

The RCA graduates exhibition is on until June 29th. Here are a few of my highlights from the School of Material.