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Two Itinerant Quilters

This summer, two artists will travel to locations in the UK and approach passers-by with the proposition of cutting a diamond-shaped piece of fabric from the clothes they are wearing. People’s responses to this polite enquiry will determine the outcome of a new project which aims to explore the personal histories of people and their clothes and to connect people from all over the world via the things they wear.

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Two Itinerant Quilters is a new project created by artists Joanna Wright and Lenka Clayton, who will be in residence at Ceredigion Museum in Wales on 4 and 5 August and Helson Museum in Cornwall on 11 and 12 August. The project takes its inspiration from the long-lost profession of the 18th century travelling quilters who would stay with families in order to create patchwork quilts from old clothing, rags and sacks found at each home.

Quilters

Photo by Phoebe Mussman

This story goes with the above shirt:‘There is a river race in Missouri for kayaks and canoes called the Missouri River 340. The race starts in Kansas City and ends in St. Charles, Missouri. You paddle 340 miles across the state on the Missouri River. It takes about 2 1?2 days, for some it takes longer. The shirt I brought is the shirt worn by the first all women’s voyageur canoe team ‘Ladies and Clark’. I was a member of that team. We placed 26th out of 340 vessels. Our age range was 62 yrs old…to 30 years old… One team member found out that she was pregnant the week before the race. She kept her commitment to our team and finished the race strong. The river adventure with its beauty and perils changed our lives and reminded us that women are strong competitors, and caring competitors, as we looked after each other along our journey.’

Quilters

Photo by Phoebe Mussman

As well as donating a piece of fabric, each participant contributes a story, remark or comment linked to the clothing, with the collection of stories growing online as the physical quilt expands. The aim is to connect people via those stories and their garments but also to create the possibility of people, sporting clothes with a very visible and distinctive contrasting patch, bumping into each other on the street.

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Rado Star Prize UK announce shortlist

Young designers from across the UK submitted a range of forward-thinking projects from the interior, industrial and technology design mediums for the inaugural edition of the Rado Star Prize UK last week. The judging was presided over by a stellar panel including industrial designer Konstantin Grcic; design journalist Corinne Julius; Vice President of Product Management at Rado Hakim El Kadiri; design journalist Katrina Burroughs and designjunction Event Director Will Sorrell.

Apollo Tripod designed by Connor Holland

Apollo Tripod designed by Connor Holland

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Timorous Beasties new showroom

The Scottish creators of pattern Timorous Beasties have unveiled “The Shed”; a trade showroom located a stone’s throw from their HQ in Glasgow. The showroom has been converted from a plain industrial unit into an awe-inspiring gallery of Victorian proportions and will be open by appointment only for architects, specifiers, interior designers and other industry insiders, which suits the brand as well as being just stunning to sniff around.

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D&AD New Blood winners

Last night in London, D&AD revealed the winners of the 2017 New Blood Awards. The winners wowed the judges with their creative talents and received an esteemed accolade: a New Blood Pencil. Whittled down from thousands of entries with entrants from over 40 countries, this year’s awards once again reflect the best in young global creative talent.

Black Pencil Winner Mmmhmmmm

Black Pencil Winner Mm-hmm

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New Designers is coming

New Designers returns to the Business Design Centre this summer for its 32nd edition, showcasing fresh thinking and talent from the UK’s leading design courses and most entrepreneurial new businesses.

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Cakes meet Architecture

For the past two years some of the world’s most iconic buildings have risen out of butter and flour at the hands of some of the biggest design firms and this weekend just gone was no different, as th WATG’s celebrated Great Architectural Bake-Off made an exciting return during the London
Festival of Architecture. Renowned names in architecture were once again be invited to recreate the world’s most iconic buildings out of cake.

Bake off 2016

Bake off 2016

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Here After

We have written about the massive changes to the White City area a few times. It’s always interesting to see how areas that have been somewhat grimy and a little unloved get an update. This time designers Craig & Karl have playfully revived a derelict petrol station on Wood Lane in London’s White City to create HERE AFTER, a public and visually arresting art installation that riffs on the area’s importance to British broadcasting history.

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A celebratory digital portrait of a much loved East Londoner

Hoxton Press are at it again with the brilliant www.86andahalfyears.com project.  By a group of East London creative businesses, the immersive piece celebrates the life of Joseph Markovic, a man who left London just once in his life, to go to seaside with his mum.
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New Designers- One Year On

Now Clerkenwell Design Week is over, we can start thinking about all the other great shows coming up and one of our favourites has to be New Designers. Taking place once more in Islington’s Business Design Centre from 28 June – 1 July and 5–8 July., one of the best parts of the shows is One year On, the feature area that looks back on those whose businesses are less than one year old.  Here, we highlight just a few of the 80 exhibiting.

Lauren Nauman

Lauren Nauman

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CDW picks- Conversations

Conversations at Clerkenwell sponsored by eporta has become an important arena in which to introduce and discuss new products, raise industry issues and network with fellow A&D professionals. The talks programme will host a high-calibre of speakers exploring current industry topics. This year’s programme will take place in a specially designed pavilion at Design Fields designed in association with Bloomon. The space features a flooring installation from Desso, a Tarkett company. here’s some we reckon you should pay £5 to go and enjoy.

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CDW Showrooms- top picks

On Friday we covered CDW’s famed exhibitions. Now we look at a few of the showrooms. There are over 90 so we would never get round them all, but this might give you a little bit of a point in the right direction.

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CDW top picks

As if you didn’t know (we bang on about it enough after all), Clerkenwell Design Week takes place this month from the 23-25 May. Register here, it’s free and makes everything a lot easier. Because it’s now so blooming huge, we thought we would choose our top pick from each exhibition, showroom, talk and pop up over the next few days/weeks, to give you some sort of chance of getting round it without having a nervous breakdown. Deep breaths. Let’s begin the exhibitions.

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Doppia Firma for London Craft Week

Taking place last week across London, London Craft Week was a great excuse for The Michelangelo Foundation to presents Doppia Firma at The Hospital Club. The showcase brought together 15 artworks that were created by a collaboration of renowned European designers with some of Italy’s best craftspeople and artisans.

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Sarah Campbell designs

Internationally acclaimed textile designer, Sarah Campbell, who co-founded the renowned design partnership Collier Campbell with her sister Susan Collier, has now opened her workshop for bespoke commission work.

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Own Art Plus….get collecting!

Fancy yourself an art collector but don’t have quite the capital yet to buy the pieces you want? Worry not for‘Own Art Plus’ has arrived. Get ready to become the collector that everyone talks about in hushed and excited whispers.

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