Weaving Windrush online workshop with Rose Sinclair

Close-up of a hand weaving with orange wool

Rose Sinclair invites you into her Caribbean Front Room in October for an online weaving workshop and an opportunity to share migration stories.

Participants will learn how to weave using a mini-loom while exploring the importance of craft and design to the story of post-war Caribbean settlement in the UK.

Beginning with the story of Windrush stowaway and dressmaker Evelyn Wauchope, as told by Rose, participants will be invited to share their own migration stories and reflections as they weave.

Registrations will end one week before the workshop to ensure weaving packs can be posted in time to reach you. Please do not register if you’re not sure you can attend.

Free to attend but pre-booking is necessary. More information can be found on the Goldsmiths website.

“Between Dreamy and Dreary”: work by Goldsmiths Design lecturer exhibited in Seoul

Work by Goldsmiths Design lecturer Soomi Park is part of a current exhibition with Owen Wells at Celine Park Gallery, Eyelove Art Center in Seoul, titled “Between Dreamy and Dreary: Fiction in Design”.

This exhibition is a collection of five projects that show the designers’ approach to design: “The projects cover some topics we think are critical to consider at this moment, like death, privacy, histories, psychology, emotion and robots.

For decades the technological dreams and aesthetics of fiction have directly influenced the world of design. Fiction creates desires about the world we imagine being part of, which intern creates expectations for designers. We are at a point where fiction has become assimilated into the field of design in structured and formalised ways: from the use of fiction as a part of the education of new designers; to the adoption of Design Fiction as a tool by major tech companies, government bodies, scientists, etc.

For us, fiction is an important part of our design process. To us, it means: narration and narrative; complexity; characters; humour; props; costumes; and at an abstract level, a place to discuss alternative or unseen versions of reality. It gives us the possibility to experiment with concepts which are not ordinarily afforded by market-driven design. Ideas that exist Between Dreamy and Dreary.”

Goldsmiths staff manufacturing PPE for health and social care staff

Goldsmiths tutors from the Design, Art and Computing departments have teamed up to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS and social care staff during the current COVID-19 epidemic.

This collaborative project aims to produce an open source design face visor in large quantities to help tackle the shortage of PPE items. Goldsmiths staff are using the university’s equipment on campus (while adhering to social distancing rules) to make the visors, as well as 3D printers in their own homes. Find out more about the initiative from the Goldsmiths website.

The team is now crowdfunding to cover the costs of the necessary materials; you can donate on Crowdfunder until 22 May.