Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hasler Gallery - project underway!

Zoe Hendon, MoDA's Head of Collections, introduces the five creative practitioners who have been selected to take part in the Hasler Gallery project:

The Hasler Gallery, part of North Finchley's 10 Grand Arcade project is now open, and the project is well underway.  We're delighted to have found five excellent designers/artists who will be making work inspired by the collections of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture over the next few months.  

I thought I'd tell you a bit about each of them here, and I will introduce the five graduates who'll be joining them in next week's blogpost. 

Aviva Leeman
Aviva will be drawing on the designer Charles Hasler’s interests in typography and print processes, with a specific interest in his collection of everyday printed ephemera.  Aviva's practice is typically site-responsive and she is conscious of the location of the gallery in a shopping arcade at the heart of a town centre – a place teeming with public lettering, visual communication, and material detritus of people going about their domestic, business and leisure pursuits.

Aviva's work uses different material forms and contexts, combining installation, public art and participatory strategies, and design methodologies. She has shown work at and developed commissions for Hatfield House, Pump House Gallery, County Hall, the Southbank Centre and Norwich Castle Museum. 

Jo Angel
Jo Angell is proposing to create a multi-layered wall or ceiling suspended art piece. Panels will be designed using two materials and processes – digitally printed fabrics and laser cut fine wooden veneers.  The inspiration for the piece has come from two facets of the Silver Studio’s collections at MoDA: Japanese Katagami stencils and Art Deco period drawings.

After an initial career as a graphic designer, Jo returned to Central St Martins to follow a lifelong passion in textiles and studied for an MA in ‘Textile Futures’ from 2006-8.  Jo’s varied design work has included award-winning wallpaper designs for Graham & Brown, a prototype window display for Louis Vuitton and an innovative shade canopy for the Chelsea Flower Show which won a gold medal.  Jo also creates and sells her own digitally printed textile designs which are made into scarves and other accessories. www.joangell.com

Katie Horwich
Incorporating elements of the architecture of the gallery, its surroundings and local flora and fauna, Katie’s starting point is the creation of a new series of katagami stencils inspired by the ones in MoDA’s collection, introducing an element of exotic chinoiserie to the Grand Arcade.

Katie grew up near the Museum of Design & Domestic Architecture and is inspired by the local landscape. She often works on location, sketching, writing and photographing.

Yemi Awosile
Yemi’s project will draw on the MoDA collection to create engineered textiles which echo graphic elements found within this historical archive.
Yemi is a Designer living and working in London producing materials for objects and spaces. Her practice is driven by industry led research, special commissions and collaboration across a range of disciplines within manufacturing, design and the arts.  Since graduating from Textiles Design at the Royal College of Art in 2008 she has established herself as an independent designer specialising in textiles and material finishes.

Leigh Cameron
Leigh’s work explores concrete and the possibility of radically changing our perception of this material. He works with this age-old material in an innovatory manner to develop and explore the proletariat tacit information hidden in a 2000-year history. This includes developing a new context and aesthetic dialogue, considering concrete as a material; investigating its diversity, structural strengths and limitations; its weight, adaptability and content. 

For this project, Leigh intends to explore texture, colour, shape and ultimately the relationship of concrete to other materials, investigating colour, structure and light through patterns inspired by the collections at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

I think you'll agree this is a diverse and talented bunch of people, and I'm really looking forward to seeing their work as it progresses.  

Friday, 8 August 2014

Exhibitions, Elephants and Empire

Temporary Assistant Curator Hilary Davidson has been impressed by the wide variety of publications which draw on research using the collections of the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA).  Last month she gave a quick round up; here’s a further selection of some recent highlights

Objects from MoDA’s collections have been loaned to a number of exhibitions over the last few years, and in many cases have been illustrated in the catalogues too.  We loaned objects to the V&A’s major exhibition The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900  which feature in the catalogue. The show – and MoDA objects – toured to Paris and San Francisco.

Art for Art's Sake: the Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900  was a version of The Cult of Beauty which toured to Japan. The beautifully produced catalogue is only available in Japanese, in Japan – unless you’d like to consult MoDA’s reference copy. More objects from our collection featured in the dual English and Japanese language catalogues for another Japan-based show, the 2012 exhibition Katagami Style: Paper Stencils and Japonisme in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Dr Dianne Lawrence turned her Lancaster University PhD thesis into a book: Genteel Women. Empire and domestic material culture, 1840-1910, exploring ways in which ‘women's values, as expressed through their personal and household possessions, specifically their … living rooms, gardens and food, were instrumental in constructing various forms of genteel society’ across the British Empire. MoDA objects helped her to formulate her arguments.

Finally, we’re looking forward to reading the results of regular MoDA researcher Dr Deborah Sugg-Ryan’s  work when she publishes The Inter-War Home and Suburban Modernity:  The Architecture, Design and Decoration of the Semi-Detached House in England  later this year. Deborah has been giving glimpses of her work on Twitter. Her current conference paper ‘The elephant on the mantelpiece: The interwar suburban home & the detritus of Empire’ uses a 1937 fireplace catalogue to think about the material culture of empire within the suburban home. 

If this has inspired you to do your own research using MoDA's collections please email Maggie Wood to arrange an appointment.