SOUTH EAST MAKERS CLUB 2017
In 2017 we built upon the success of 2016 with more events in more locations. The weekend featured a series of workshops, talks, exhibitions, installations, screenings, a maker’s market and the designer pub quiz returned for a second year. Visitors were invited to discover an array of local creative talents, designers and craftspeople from across South East London. Read more about all of the events below.
ALL 2016 EVENTS
A really popular event where the fabrication company extended an invitation to their workshop in Deptford for a special day of making. Their dedicated team of makers and technicians guided attendees through the process of creating their very own stool or side table. The workshop was open to carpentry newbies, passionate homeware lovers or those who fancy a fun day of making.
Water is the most abundant material on the planet, found everywhere from our seas to our cells. Almost nothing, neither products nor people, could be made without it. At the Copeland Gallery, a group of 13 designers came together for a one-of-a-kind exhibition devoted to the creative and technological exploration of water. Initially conceived by London-based designers Unit Lab, Dean Brown and Kirsi Enkovaara, Water gave its exhibitors an open opportunity to interpret and respond to the theme however their interests directed them.
The Curzon Cinema Goldsmiths in New Cross, screened the Made In London short film series by filmmaker William Scothern. The series explores the work and processes of seven London based makers including: sign painter Archie Proudfoot; weaver Rachel Scott; cordwainer Allan Baudoin; caner Rachael South and wallpaper designer Daniel Heath. The screening marked the premiere of a short film on South East based ceramic artist, Chris Keenan and textile designer and weaver, Catarina Riccabona. The screening was followed by a talk with Scothern and a selection of the featured makers.
To celebrate their recent move to Deptford design studio IYA invited friends of the studio to create a graphic based art print taking inspiration from the hidden characters and glyphs that are neatly tucked away into a font specimen sheet or a tool bar. Each art work was printed at A2 by IYA and two copies each were made, one for the designers to keep and one which was sold in store with proceeds going to benefit local charity Midi Music Company.
Makers House was a collaborative exhibition showcasing a curated collection of talented designers from South East London including: textile and product designer Georgia Bosson; Ceramic designer-maker Melisa Dora; Wood crafter Sophie Sellu of Grain & Knot; bookbinder, paper artist and photographer Freya Scott of Paper Wilds; and artist Claire Baily of Ornamental Grace. The exhibition was comprised of a series of room sets, featuring work from each of the designers involved. All of the work was available for purchase and interaction with the sets was encouraged. There was also demonstrations throughout the weekend, showcasing the processes behind each of the makers, enabling an exclusive insight into the development of their products.
This was a chance to buy original work by some of the best creative talents the South East has to offer at the second SEMC Makers' Market, including contemporary ceramics, jewellery, textiles, art and fashion from Conpot, Fran Regan, Fronte, Agatha A., Sarah Colson, Tim Walker, Laura Nelson, Heros of Switzerland, Chloe Regan, Rain Hotton, Katrina Russell-Adams, Elina Constantino and Lisa Vaughan Thomas, Caro Gates, Naomi Purkiss, Boom Blooms, Moko Sellars and more.
The NINES was taken over by the interior designers 2 Lovely Gays and research-based design practice, Custhom who launched their latest collaboration: Forest Hill, a collection of hand printed wallpapers, linens and velvets. The designs were inspired by classic floral patterns, re-imagining for contemporary interiors and architectural spaces.
Nestled in Folkestone Gardens and surrounded by workshops and studios, restaurant Festa sul Prato hosting a ‘Show & Tell’ session to showcase the variety of design talent and knowledge of the designers and craftspeople in their immediate area. Each designer gave a ten minute presentation on their work and answer questions. A1 presentations boards created by each designer were also on display after the talks.
Material’s new Nunhead Space, showcased a selection of work by South East London artists, designers and makers including lifestyle brand Conpot, textile design studio Kangan Arora, ceramicist Ella Hookway, and print artist Luke Merryweather.
Wallpaper* Online Design Editor, Sujata Burman, joined South-East based designers and makers Leah Jensen,Giles Miller, Eleanor Lakelin and Mark Tallowin to discuss their work and processes through objects. From completed pieces to works in progress, each object offered a fascinating insight into each makers’ motivations, the issues they face and future plans.