Service Design Fringe Festival 2019: Designing in Times of Uncertainty

Lily McCraith’s graduation project at the 2019 BA Design show

“Meet the The Service Design Fringe Festival x Arts Thread Rising Stars – 2019 graduates with projects that relate to the festival’s theme of Designing in Times of Uncertainty – design thinking, creative problem solving with #uncertainty: #SDFF2019″.

When: 24-25 October

Where: The Design Museum and the Barbican

Several 2019 BA Design graduates from Goldsmiths (Jaspar Rogers, Xanthe Cook, Aaron Panesar, Miki Chiu, Lily McCraith, Maria Hardy, Miki Wong, Declan Pitts, Kiril Sapundzhiev, Maria Elges and Kate Mason) are amongst exhibitors, showing a diverse range of work grappling with themes from beauty standards to political engagement, using tools ranging from combat sports to tinkling bells.

Updates from the studio of Revital Cohen & Tuur van Balen

A few highlights from the recent work of artist duo Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, from Design Lecturer Tuur van Balen:

On Friday 25th of October at 6:30 we’ll be giving a public lecture at the Architectural Association. It’s free and everyone is welcome.

Our film Trapped in the Dream of the Other is currently on view at the Toronto Biennial, as part of the film program guest curated by Charles Stankievech; on until December 1st.

The Odds (part 1), a new work that recently premiered at our exhibition Luna Eclipse, Oasis Dream at Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston will be part of the upcoming exhibition Design for Different Futures at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, curated by Michelle Millar Fisher. 21 October 2019 – 8 March 2020.

Our work 75 Watt will be part of Paola Antonelli’s exhibition Energy at MoMA, to coincide with the reopening of the museum. The exhibition will run 21 October – 26 January.

“Women of Walthamstow: Cloth, Activism and Empathy” – talk with Rose Sinclair

When: 5 October 2019, 14:30 – 15:30

Where: William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London

Free, drop-in

Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair discusses the presence of Dorcas Societies – charitable textile-making clubs – in and around Walthamstow, exploring how women used crafting practices to initiate social change.

Rose has authored several textile books, her most recent being Textiles and Fashion, Materials, Design and Technology (2015). Her current research focuses on black British women their crafting practices, and aesthetics. She uses installations and crafting workshops to discuss issues of gender, authenticity, identity, migration and settlement.

A key element in her research is the study of Dorcas Clubs and Societies and their used as a catalyst for black women to navigate safe textiles making spaces. Her research reflects on how the history of the Dorcas Clubs and Societies can influence contemporary textiles networks and practices.

Knitting&Stitching Show 2019 Installation Competition

Yarn and knitting needles

Theme: Recycled Textiles and Sustainable Design

This requires three teams of students from the Design Department at Goldsmiths, who will compete to dress the Knitting and Stitching (known as K&S letters). The K&S Letters are 1.5m(h) x 1.2m(w) and located onsite at the Knitting and Stitching Show 2019.

The Knitting & Stitching Show will take place at Alexander Palace on 10th-13th October 2019.

The competition will take place on Wednesday 9th October 2019. The teams will have up to 7 hours time (10.00am – 5.00pm) to dress/decorate the letters.

The letters will be judged by K&S’ team of judges. (The names of the judges will be confirmed shortly). The winners will be announced at the end of the show.

Competition Rules:

  • The students must be in teams of 2-3 and submit their drawings/design ideas for each letter by Monday 30th September 2019, 5.00pm. This should be A3 OR A4 IN PDF FORMAT
  • Please submit entries to
  • The teams will be required to be available all day on Wednesday 9th October 2019 for the competition.
  • Students will need to make use of recycled textiles/and related textiles/haberdashery components and will need to bring their own materials.
  • Students will be allowed to pre-prepare any materials in advance if they wish to do so.

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