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EXHIBITORS 

CECILY OPHELIA _ ETAKA   / ELIZA COLLIN & JULIE FOX _ SAMAK BILAB BI DELO : HOUSE OF PRINCE'S /      SARMITE POLAKOVA _ PINESKINS / HARRY SMITHSON _ PROCESS THROUGH SOUND / ABBIE ADAMS _ THE TEYOS PROJECT / BILLIE VAN KATWIJK _ VENTRI /  MERLE BERGERS _ WHAT'S IN A TEAR?

ISHKAR  _ CRAFTSMANSHIP FROM COUNTRIES AT WAR 

 

ABOUT

Material Connections, hosted at The Koppel Projects Central gallery, presents an exhibition and week long workshop series, curated by Abbie Adams. It will feature works by a group of emerging creatives who look to materials and making to engage in a wider conversation of culture, social and environmental sustainability.

 

It has been recognised in recent years that craft and making can be a valid and effective way of engaging with people and ideas, from waste streams in agriculture and forestry to the preservation of cultural heritage and redefining of community.  Designers are shifting away from an emphasis on direct functionality and are instead instilling narratives through making. In an industry where surface impressions are too often all that matters this exhibition celebrates the inherent integrity of craft-making processes.

 

The exhibited works are collaborative, bringing together people and materials from all over the world; from ancient glass blowing techniques in Herat, pine bark harvested in Latvia,  embroidery from Beit Ummar and garments hand crocheted by ‘Kanyogoa’ mothers in Uganda. The event seeks to cast light upon practitioners who utilise making as a tool to narrate material fiction and show that shared skill and cooperation are central to creative collaboration.  

 

The workshop series invites the public into each practitioner’s practice and their unique approach to material culture: the connection between human and material. The workshop series and exhibition go hand-in-hand, engaging with exhibited narratives through the act of making deepens the commitment to a cause.

 

WORKSHOP SERIES 2019

“Making is connecting because through making things and sharing them in the world,  we increase our engagement and connection with our social and physical environments.”

 

(David Gaunttlet)

Bottle the Fragrant Language of a Rose

Studio Merle Bergers 

Saturday 14th September 

14:00 - 17:00 

Embroidering Identities

Eliza Collin & Julie Fox 

Tuesday 17th September 

14:00 - 17:00

The TeYos Project : Vessel Casting 

Abbie Adams 

Wednesday 18th September 

14:00 - 17:00

What a Fine Pine!

Studio Sarmite

Thursday 19th September

14:00 - 16:00

Seeds of Change

Cecily Ophelia 

Friday 20th September 

14:00 - 17:00

THE KOPPEL PROJECT 

The Koppel Project is a UK registered charity (Charity Number 1171650) and cultural centre promoting the work of international emerging artists. Our programme of exhibitions and events engages the community and fosters intercultural exchange.

Conceived as a hub for creativity and innovation, The Koppel Project offers 100 affordable studios for artists and spaces for creative enterprises alongside multiple contemporary art galleries.

LOCATION

49 POLAND STREET 

SOHO, W1F 7ND

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LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

14th - 22nd September 

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