Lost in Lace

27th October 2011

Lace is an enduring fabric that seems to always have a place in fashion, design and history and is currently being put under the microscope again as part of the Lost in Lace exhibition in collaboration with the Crafts Council and Birmingham Museum&Art Gallery.

Running from the 29th October to mid Feb it explores a series of artists and designers who are exploring lace in new mediums, scales and as a symbolic language.

Textile futures alumni,Alessia Giardino will be showing her 'Polluted Lace', an environmental concrete lace that develops pattern over time from air pollutants. Designed in collaboration with CTG, the technical centre of Italcementi Group, who patented the TX Active.

Alongside this will be the work of Annie Bascoul and Lise Bjørne Linnert who's work also explores modern takes on a traditional fabric.





A reflection on Dementia

26th October 2011

Exploring issues around old age and dementia as a design narrative is a pertinent subject and one very much needed with our aging population.

Jetske Visser's project shown as part of her graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven is a poetic exploration of how design can be affected by such a disorder.

Spending time at an old peoples home and befriending an elderly lady called Andreaa, Visser was particularly touched by how the smallest of things such as the crease of a table cloth would raise interest. VIsser questioned how she as a designer could design something for someone who's world no longer held any framework or boundaries as loss of memory had eliminated them all.

Asking herself the question 'what is a teapot when you no longer know what a teapot is? her project resulted in a poignant and beautiful film and a series of tea pots and cups made from wax that melt and disappear similarly to the memories of those with dementia.




Perspectives

3rd October 2011

With a slightly disappointing London Design Festival with an overall lack lustre feel there were some gems to be found in the mix. I really loved the fantastic perspectives installation from the amazing John Pawson who had installed a giant Swarovski crystal lens in the southwest tower of St Paul’s cathedral.

It marks the 300th anniversary of the cathedrals completion by Sir Christopher Wren back in the early 18th century.







Methods of imitation

3rd October 2011

With lots of discussion about copying as a homage and open source design, Methods of Imitation shown during London Design Festival is yet another exhibition opening up the dialogue making and references to borrowing and appropriating through design.

Favourites of mine Study O Portable alongside Markus Bergström & Karin Peterson, Daniel Eatock, Paul Elliman, Peter Marigold and Liliana Ovalle showed a series of proposals, products, suggestions or talking points to continue the debate/discussion of how we perceive a product or a design through our personal preconception or through our inherent understanding of a material, its values or its uses.

Study O Portable's Quartz crystal stood out for its simple beauty and its importance as a material in our lives being used in a long list of devices such as the radio, record player, television, telephone and computer. In the exhibition the quarts mimics the familiar form of a mirror but it disrupts and distributes the images and plays with our perceptions.



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