Dash MacDonald: “ I’m continually surprised at how great Goldsmiths Design students are”

Dash’n’Dem project: “Bedford Voices”

Dash MacDonald is one half of Dash’n’Dem, a design partnership whose work challenges conventions, emphasising creative collaboration and critical engagement with politics and society. Dash has been an associate lecturer at Goldsmiths Design for the past two years, and he recently joined the permanent teaching staff of our department as a third year studio tutor; he will also be involved in the Politics and Participation studio of our new, post-disciplinary MA programme. We’ve interviewed Dash to find out more about his approach to teaching at Goldsmiths:

How did you decide you wanted to join our department?

I started here as a second year studio tutor, and I think that was what really cemented me wanting to get a permanent post. The second year of the Design BA at Goldsmiths is really exciting in terms of connecting Design to the world and thinking about different scales of social, political, economic engagement. Working through that as a studio tutor, and seeing how smart the students were, and how exciting the work they were producing was, made me want to be part of that culture. That year, we worked on a live project with the Centre for Investigative Journalism, looking at public finance initiatives, and how design intervenes in the public understanding of public finance initiatives. I was managing that live brief with Liam Healy and the CIJ, and that showed me the potential of working in Goldsmiths, and the fact that there are so many other interesting research centres and areas here makes it really exciting in terms of what can happen in the future.Read More »

Workshop Lates at Goldsmiths Design

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Workshop Lates is a thing. They take place in the workshops outside of normal opening times to achieve results outside of normal. They will begin as a series of 4, running weekly on Wednesday nights, 5.30 pm-7.30 pm. Each session combines practical demonstration and material overview with theoretical approaches to making. Session 1 takes place on 9th of November and can be described as an introduction into ideational model making via drawing + steel + bluefoam.

Participation is achieved via email+ request+ response+ confirmation. Places are limited and therefore a moderate policy of first come, first served is in effect. All skill levels are welcome. For additional information, and to book your place, please email e.evans[@]gold.ac.uk and j.davis[@]gold.ac.uk.

Caribbean front room installation and workshops at Lewisham Shopping Centre

This week, starting Wednesday, Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair will host a pop-up installation recreating a 1970s Caribbean front room at Lewisham Shopping Centre. A part of Black History Month celebrations, the event is intended as an exploration of how textiles travel and knowledge is recorded and preserved. Rose will also run textile workshops for crafters and makers of all abilities, while visitors will also be able to share their own textile stories in a photo booth.

You can find a full schedule for the week on the Goldsmiths website.

“Dorcas stories” talk and craft workshop with Rose Sinclair at the National Archives

Goldsmiths Design lecturer Rose Sinclair will hold a talk at The National Archives on Saturday, 12 November, as part of the Black British History series of talks: “Dorcas stories : archives, spaces memories and making”.

Dorcas, a woman who made garments for the poor (Bible: Acts chapter 9, versus 36-42), gave her name to countless Dorcas societies. These societies and clubs became embedded carriers of knowledge exchange and culture in textiles practice.

For women migrating from the Caribbean to Britain in the 1950s and 60s they would continue to provide a safe space to share ‘church’ and textile expertise and much more within the front room, a space where these particular textiles were produced. Rose Sinclair presents a curated talk about the hidden history of Dorcas clubs and the contribution of Caribbean women to a British textiles aesthetic through what they describe as the ‘gift’ of textiles.

This interactive talk event will be followed by a craft session with Rose, where participants will examine textiles in our collections such as the BT Design Register featuring graphic depictions related to ‘Junkanoo’ an expression of Caribbean Carnival and other African traditions.‎ The collections will act as starting points for crafting and sharing new ‘Dorcas’ aesthetics in new spaces.

Book your place

Talk event – 12:00-13:00 (FREE)
Craft workshop – 14:00-16:00 (£5 – limited places)