Thai Designers Present Sustainable Craft at Clerkenwell Design Week
24 – 26 May 2016
Clerkenwell Design Week, Additions Exhibition
The British Council and Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) are pleased to present six of Thailand’s most exciting designer-makers at Clerkenwell Design Week.
Blending traditional making techniques with contemporary influences, this diverse group of makers explore ideas of environment, sustainability and community within their work. The designer-makers span different practices, including woodworking, basketry, indigo-dyeing and weaving, and so represent a wide spectrum of hand-making techniques and traditions from a country that has craft making at its heart.
Designer-Makers presented include Homlom Studio, Kaewwanna Natural Indigo Studio, PATAPiAN, Plural Designs, Varni Southern Wickery and Vassana with the exhibition and graphic design by UK designers Studio Hato.
This exhibition forms part of the British Council’s New for Old programme, which aims to promote, support and develop the craft and design sector, helping to make it more sustainable and viable for designers, entrepreneurs and their communities. All of the designer-makers featured have undergone training, collaborations or exchanges with UK practitioners as part of this programme with the ambition to build long-term links between the UK and Thai design and craft industries.
In addition to the exhibition, the designer-makers will be participating in a study tour hosted by Cockpit Arts as well as public-facing events throughout the week.
A cultural exhibition centring on craft and sustainability, the environment, community and cultural heritage will also be staged at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in the John Hope Gateway told through the stories of a UK-Thailand designer and maker exchange which took place in January 2016.
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a leading international research organisation delivering knowledge, education and plant conservation action around the world. In Scotland its four Gardens at Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan attract nearly a million visitors each year. It operates as a Non Departmental Public Body established under the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985, principally funded by the Scottish Government. It is also a registered charity, managed by a Board of Trustees appointed by Ministers. Its mission is “To explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future”.
The exhibition will run 9 – 22 May 2016 is open to the public 10AM – 6PM daily at John Hope Gateway, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5NZ.
Free public workshops and demonstrations will take place 14 – 15 and 21 – 22 May from 10AM – 6PM. For more information visit What’s On at: http://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/home
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