Curated by Abbie Adams
14th – 22nd September 2019
The Koppel Project Central
Private View: 13th September 2019, 6-8.30pm
“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)
Material Connections, hosted at The Koppel Projects central gallery, presents an exhibition and five-day workshop series. 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 The Jordan Valley 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.
This exhibition was generously supported by: