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.


Photo by Phoebe Mussman

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.


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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.’


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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LDF at the V&A

Not long now kids. Next month in fact.  When the streets of London get taken over with all sorts of design and art, everyone gets blisters from trying vainly to see everything in the guide and we all suffer from vile hangovers. It sounds horrible? What is it? London Design festival of course! The V&A is still the official hub and here we outline just a few things going on in the museum.

Flynn Talbot Reflection Room

Flynn Talbot Reflection Room

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Lasvit and the Tour de France

Lasvit have once more created the Trophy for Tour de France Winner. The award was designed by Peter Olah, a designer from the ŠKODA AUTO team, a long-term official sponsor of the race. Winners of all four jerseys receive a trophy created from a single piece of hand-blown crystal.

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100% Design – Home office inspiration

100% Design is back this September and it houses the UK”s only dedicated workspace exhibition. We are always on instagram and pinterest dreaming about our ideal home office. If you are too, we’ve picked some our top exhibitors to get all heart-eyed about and take inspiration from at 100% Design.


Landa by Alki

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Tania Johnson: new Surface Collection at Decorex

Tania Johnson launches a brand new evocative rug range at Decorex this September.

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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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Joseph Joseph Bathroom Range

International homeware brand, Joseph Joseph, have entered a new room in the home and an entirely new category with their brand new bathroom range. Developed by twin brothers Richard and Antony Joseph, the new bathroom category includes a range of storage, cleaning and recycling products to help keep the bathroom clean and tidy.

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GF Smith Paper City

G . F Smith, the UK’s most creative paper company, celebrates the World’s Favourite Colour. Revealed via a cascade of paper helicopters over Humber Street in Hull, G . F Smith announces that ‘Marrs Green’ has been voted the world’s favourite colour.

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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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Welcome to The Bird Street Oasis

As pop ups become more and more popular and people expect so much more from their shopping experiences, even international shopping destination Oxford Street faces challenges. In response, New West End Company (NWEC) with Harry Dobbs Design (HDD) have launched The Bird Street Smart Oasis, transforming a down-at-heal cul-de-sac off Oxford Street into a unique new public space that pilots innovative design ideas for the West End.

Photo by Mark Cocksedge

Photo by Mark Cocksedge

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Get ready for Mail Rail!

London’s most anticipated new heritage attraction, The Postal Museum, has confirmed it will officially open to the public on Friday 28 July 2017. This means so much more than post. It means a ride on the best and tiniest underground railway ever.

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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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String Shelves

The String shelf has been around for nearly 80 years and has become a bit of a design staple. We look at the ways this simple and super easy to assemble piece could be used in your kitchen. Or pantry. If you have a pantry…..which seems unlikely, but worth visualising and using in a ‘one day I would like a pantry’ mantra.

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Lexington X Boråstapeter Wallpaper

You know we like a good wallpaper here at Despoke. It seems to bear better results to grubby fingers than paint does and feels more luxurious. Swedish brand, Lexington, have collaborated with Boråstapeter to create a range of wallpapers that exude a relaxed East Coast style.

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