Tactile Treatment

14th October 2014

Showing as part of the Moving on collective, a group of like minded jewellery designers showing in the Vaults in Waterloo till the 18th October bring together a new view on jewellery. Their mission is to open up the debate around the accessibility and knowledge of contemporary jewellery and objects.

Exploring our relationship with our jewellery and those people we interact with on a daily basis, Izzy Parker challenges our notions around our personal space and interactions with strangers with her cape from her 'Intimacy Series' of wearable pieces.

Made from 11,570 steel and copper needles which are usually used for acupuncture, she has hand woven them into a fabric that drapes over the shoulders.

Bringing the piece to life Izzy has collaborated with Shaun Spark to create a film that explores the interaction between the wearer and a companion. Posing questions about how we engage with our environment and the people around us the piece redefines our personal boundaries on meeting someone for the first time and how trust and collaboration come into play.









'suck: a ba starter'

26th June 2014

My favourite project from New Designers part one yesterday - and it seems the judges too as it won runner up Designer of the Year - was 'suck: a ba starter'.

The first part of a three part collaboration with a chef and designer Ellie Corp, the project is a series of tools designed for eating. For the first course her tools focus on sucking of a kind of noodle soup and as such she has designed objects that interact playfully with the rituals surrounding eating.

Working with soft and hard materials Ellie has used silver and stainless steel with natural sponges to help with the liquid retention and the over all experience of eating.

Part 2 and 3 are to follow as will be an actual dinner where visitors will be able to experience the utensils.






Ugly beauty

26th June 2014

For those who know me and those who read my blog regularly will know that I love mould, algae and bacteria so I was delighted to find this beautiful work from Katie Petrie at New Designers yesterday.

A jewellery designer she has been exploring the beauty to be found in the colour and textures from bacteria and mould.

Culturing her own 'live' patterns she has then translated them onto silver and copper pieces exposing beautiful greens, browns and uncomfortable but beautiful textures.









Haute Bacon

21st February 2014

Materiologist Amy Congdon is exploring the decellularising of bacon and is re working it into a potential luxury material combined with bone powder and pearls for future luxury accessories.

The decellularisation process (developed for regenerative medicine purposes that involves removing the cells from an organ) leaves behind the extracellular matrix which Amy then puts through a series of textile techniques such as dyeing, tanning and weaving.

Exploring the boundary between fashion and biotechnological processes Amy is pushing the materiality of future fashion in a synthetic biology future.

Considering the potential of these accessories as extensions of our biological makeup as skin grafts and body modifications evolve she has also designed a series of speculative skin care products.

The ‘A.C. Skin Care Range' is an extension of her previous Biological Atelier work and are made up of the Graft Cleanser, Graft Toner, Graft Moisturiser, Bio-Skin Glue, Anti-Synth Bacterial Cream and Syn-Skin Treatment.

Amy's work was recently shown during the Big Data materials exhibition at Central St Martins as well as at the Envie/Alive exhibiton in Paris last summer.









From Creatures

30th May 2013

There are a lot of designers, architects and restaurants that are going back to nature and exploring nature in new ways, but taking a really fresh approach to nature, sustainability and design is Moe Nagata who is soon to graduate from the Textiles Futures Ma.

I first blogged about her project in May when she was first revealing her project at her work in progress show. It has moved on incredibly since then and has taken a very different aesthetic turn which is incredibly sophisticated and unexpected.

Her project was inspired by ancient tribal based craft design that was rooted in animism and a symbiotic relationship with nature. Traditional tribes hunted for food and then used every last piece of the animal to make products such as teeth necklaces.

Nagata has taken that consideration into a very modern look with her From Creatures collection that uses the natural materials discarded from the fishing industry. Using shells and bones she has given them a surprising twist using laser cutting, dyeing and printing.

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