Carole Collet created the textile futures course at the famed Central Saint Martins School. The course celebrated its 10th anniversary with two exhibits, one in London earlier this summer and another during Milan Design Week in April.
Highlights from the show as seen in this video include using air as a material, exploring the manipulation of DNA to produce products and how that will effect manufacturing in the future, digital skins (which needs more explanation) and a plea to come back to our physical senses, the importance of touch.
One student describes her work as a biological atelier – the mutual explorations of the scientist, the designer, and the craftsman a theme to which all projects seem tied. All of the work explores the tension between past and future, lo-tech and high-tech, explains Collet.
You will notice that the voices represent a breadth of nationalities. Beautiful provocative stuff.
video via Jotta
Ivanka Beton’s Hübler Applied Literature project inserting out of print, outdated political books a project in conjunction with Hungarian concrete artist and designer János Hübler is part of the Hidden Heroes 2010 exhibit at Salone del Mobile 2010 (www.hublerjanos.com). Reminds me of a grown up version of the fairytale like work of recent grad Holly Palmer shown at LDF last year and featured on this site.
Sarah Turner hits the big time with her debut at Salone Del Mobile. Her decorative lighting made from used plastic beverage bottles feel more elegant than most recycled design items I come across. They don’t have a trace of rough edge or a gritty statement sensibility which feels like a nice change of pace.
I especially like this – Sarah visits schools and teaches kids. Most creative people find ways to provide additional services using their creativity, which is great and as it should be, but this is the absolute best way. I wonder what percentage of total emotional reward comes from days like these for the young designer? Is it the press and accolades that makes her most satisfied or traveling home after a morning teaching kids to make a lampshade?
Love these ‘bow bins’ by Cordula Kehrer
Eva Marguerre makes baskets of elastic yarn in her MOA Basket Series
Joanna Grawunder‘s mirror for Glass Italia – colored glass and a reflecting glass (a mirror). Simple but very bright and very inventive. A piece that makes you wonder why it didn’t already exist. I think it would look great in a white room with black accent pieces and no other color, acting as the focal point.”]
Jessica Carnevale‘s (RISD 2004) Stretch Chairs debut at Salone del Mobile this year.
Wonderful photo taken at the Salone del Mobile going on now in Milan, from the “Kris’s Color Stripes” blog by Kristina Klarin. She has one of the best blogs I’ve ever seen for color inspiration. The photographs are as good as the palettes. She’s a designer with one hell of an eye and sensitivity.”0 Comments
*lead picture, Lou Doillon in Anthony Vaccarello on StyleBubble
I haven’t been to fashion week since 2005. And that was after more than ten years of attending the New York shows. The biggest reason for stopping: I was bored. Mostly the fashion press is what really pushed me over the edge. But now I realize, fashion is a little bit like god and religion. I believe. But inundate me with too much proselytizing and I forget the main act. In other words, whimsical and masterful fashion design is something truly beautiful and even more so when everyone sort of shuts up, folds their hands in their lap, and looks on in respectful silence at the mastery of the production.
Here are my picks:
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liKu3G0kDHQ … noting Cassette Playa’s ‘enhanced reality’ specifically here and not so much the clothes themselves. push envelope push.
- Louise Goldin’s A/W ’10 geometric shapes.
<<Read more about Cooperative Designs on Grazia.
TreeHugger covers all the ecofashion from the week with a salute to designer Ada Zanditon.
and last but not least, the Times Online addressing the feminist issue in Fashion after Miuccia Prada calls herself a ‘former’ feminist.
To see some really funny cool fashion week coverage in London (lets face it, this is mostly London) check out Amelia’s magazine. Reminds me a little bit of vintage Girlonthestreet.1 Comment
The apt definition of designer-maker given on the hidden art website is worth repeating here:
“Designer-Makers design and make their own unique work, on a small or large scale. Hidden Art promotes and supports designer-makers who design and make functional items in three main categories:
- Designer-Makers who produce hand-made items. For example, a potter whose work does not involve mass production.
- Designer-Makers who design and then in some or all instances sub-contract out the turning of the design into a product. They may oversee the making of the product, but they do not produce it themselves.
- Designer-Makers most possibly with a degree in product design, who develop a new design or concept, and then look for a manufacturer to produce it. Their ultimate aim is to become a pure designer and they themselves do not ‘make’ their designs into tangible products.”
Here are some things that I’ve run across and twittered about but haven’t had time, preparing and presenting my ethnography seminar and now my trip tomorrow to London to confront the onslaught of design euphoria, to share — but as I make way for more, here I give you a “check it out” rundown of all I’ve starred over the past weeks.
- Narrative Identities by Nadia Troeman, on dezeen.com. She’s created a color wheel identity and branding system that shifts and changes based on the culture of the student body. She’s a graduate student at Central Saint Martins.
- A retrospective of the work of Croatian artist Sanja Ivekovi.
- The Cardinal Club. Somehow eating in the private backyard of someone’s East Village apartment seems like the freshest idea. Not about a woman maker but, well, partly. Caitlin Zaino reports.
- Supermarket Sarah, creative female entrepreneur. Like the Cardinal Club she’s opened up her home, a welcome respite from the maddening crowds of overwrought luxury stores and fast fashion stampedes. She moves between her Portobello Market stall and her home as Swiss Miss reports, “offering teas and cakes” to shoppers of her eclectic collection.
- Repurpose. Weed through Margo‘s slapdash crafts page to find some real gems and inspiration. I can see someone re-imagining, for example, some of her work with china wreaths and swags.
- Paula Wallace, president and co-founder of Savannah College of Art and Design, guestblogging for Fast Company.
- A piece on the Women’s Monument in Memory. Female Victims of Political Repression, Santiago, Chile.
Christien Meindertsma’s book of photographs shows the path of a pig from the day it is slaughtered to all of its disparate uses – and it is the first ever communication design entry to be a finalist at the INDEX:DESIGN awards.
- Jean Madden’s beds for the homeless, Street Swags, won the Index:Design award. ‘design to improve life.’
- Lisa Maria Grillos bike bags write up in the New York Times, a feature entitled Plan B about businesses after the pink slip, reminds me of when I was similarly featured in a Daily News article entitled “Meet New York’s Newest Entrepreneurs” after 9/11. My ‘dog hoodies’ and I pictured big on the front. While my hoodies were indeed cute, a big hit, and told the story of my 2003, it takes a lasting passion for a product and its trajectory from homemade to a full fledged large scale distribution channel to make it work. For me, hoodies weren’t my longtime passion but I had a fun run. Maris Grillos bike bags show keen insight into a problem and if she can and has the desire to grow big without compromise, she may have more than what the Times calls ‘accidental entrepreneurship’ on her hands.
- Miranda July, filmmaker, writer, installation artist of sorts, and now… pillows!
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