Scene-zine articles from October 2015

14 October 2015

Paved Paradise: An Evening with the Artists

Thank you to all the artists who presented their work to us last night at our event ‘An Evening with the Artists’, and thank you all who came.

It was great to add another layer of understanding to the works on show, as well as to gain insight into the creative processes and backgrounds of the exhibitors.

Sorsha Galvin spoke about the personal and physical processes she underwent to create her sculptures such as ‘Creep’, and how her work was born of a wish to express the fluid potential of life and human form.

Joanna Layla; Lizzy Rowlett; and Dan Tsu of Lyrix Organix, the collaborators behind ‘Unfold‘, explained how the project had come about; how the collaboration between musicians, animators, poets, illustrators and an app had worked; and how they were taking the project further.

Ute Kreyman led us through her background from architecture and interior design to sculpture, and how her art has changed in response to human size and capabilities. Ute’s sculpture ‘In Between Places’ is actually designed as a kit-of-parts and can be pulled along on its wheels, responding to the transient nature of city living.

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14 October 2015

Paved Paradise The Big Draw

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the launch of Paved Paradise last Thursday! We had great fun and hope you did too! Don’t forget the exhibition is open until the 17th October so there is still time to drop by!

Last Friday we had an epic Campaign for Drawing‘s The Big Draw event in the space, with atmospheric candlelit storytelling by Vanessa Woolf, which set the mood for a creative evening. Supper was served by star chef Olly Putler, who almost put us into a food coma, but we struggled through and put ourselves to the task at hand: a collaborative drawing based on Vanessa’s story and led by artist Joanna Layla.

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09 October 2015

Paved Paradise: Garden Book Club

Garden Book Club is a collaborative project between illustrator Jamie Mills and artist Megan Wellington exploring the relationships between people and their plants. Partly inspired by the salacious tones of plant-care handbooks, partly from observations and partly invented, the work looks to highlight the tactile nature of these encounters.

Working with illustration, collage, photography and filmmaking, process has become a large part of the collaborative practice and they have been looking at different printmaking possibilities (screen print, RISO, cyanotypes) to bring the work into new contexts. The intention is for the work to be experimental and playful; they are currently in the process of growing from the initial seedlings, producing more editions and prints to add to the collection. Join the club!

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09 October 2015

Paved Paradise: Sorsha Galvin

Sorsha Galvin is a sculptor from the west coast of Ireland. Sorsha did a BA in Fine art at the Galway-Mayo institute of technology and later completed a Masters in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art. She lives and works in London.

Sorsha’s praxis-oriented educational background and extensive experience with the handling of clay has provided her work with a keen focus on material qualities, and on the inherent issues of materiality. She is primarily concerned with addressing notions to do with traces of the body, left behind in space and time, traversing between the physical and the metaphysical. As a result, the processes involved in the production of the works are integral to the generation of their meaning. These processes include the partial burial of Sorsha’s body in clay and the careful excavation of resultant cast forms. It is in this transformation that new meaning is unearthed.

Sorsha will be speaking about her creative practice at ‘An Evening with the Artists‘ on 13th October – reserve your ticket here.

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08 October 2015

Paved Paradise: Uncommonly Beautiful

Uncommonly beautiful is a Contemporary ethical and sustainable jewellery brand and consultancy studio.

In product design the label borrows from the old to create the new. Fragments of history come together to manifest as timeless objects, intricate in beauty and bold as their brass, silver and other materials.

The label is an anti-land fill fashion accessory label and was founded by designer-maker, Kirsty Kirkpatrick in June 2006.

Kirkpatrick trained in Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone School of Art and Design, Dundee, Then studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Textile 4 Futures.

Alongside key inspirations like Bauhaus and the constructivists, matched with her exploration of re using historical pieces, Kirkpatrick has a background in Architecture and lighting design.

With an imaginative approach, Kirkpatrick seeks to transform waste into something covetable and unique. Using found furniture, up-cycling and recycled materials, the label creates beautiful and fresh products from the overlooked.

Discarded wooden house hold furniture becomes the base material for Kirkpatrick’s design, screen printing and laser etching along with vibrant paint finishes make up the pendants, earring and bracelets for her ornate and abstract works.

The label deals not with the throw away trends that are commonplace on today’s culture, and instead creates design-led classics to last beyond this. Transcending high street trends and moments of style, the jewellery is timeless and as individual as its sourcing, the production, and its clientele.

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08 October 2015

Paved Paradise: Blue Guy Pottery

Blue Guy Loves you. And Blue Guy would love to make you a pot!

Based by Broadway Market in the heart of East London, Blue Guy was born out of a love of craftsmanship, design and experimentation. Following her introduction the the world of ceramics in 2013,  Thidaa Roberts, also an architect, founded Blue Guy in November 2014. Thidaa has been carefully refining and advancing her throwing skills and design sensibilities ever since, resulting in a unique mix of natural materials, bold colours and excellent functionality.

Every piece is lovingly hand-made by Thidaa in her studio: a chunk of clay is spun on the wheel, the design refined through turning, the end result hardened through bisque firing and then finished using carefully controlled glazing. While several pieces can be made in each small production run, part of the charm is that an element of serendipity throughout the production process introduces individual differences to make each item truly a one-of-a-kind object.

Blue Guy has launched private ceramic wheel throwing classes in her studio, and is always up for a challenge – please contact her for bespoke commissions. Need a small cup for your loved one? No problem. A family of homeware for your bar or cafe? Done. Just want to say hi? That’s cool too.

Twitter/ instagram: @blueguypottery

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