Exhibition: “Material Legacies- In the Lanscape of the Lost”


An exhibition of work by Design PhD candidate Stacey Pitsillides will be open at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery (11 Stockwell Street, London) between 28 February and 24 March. The show “invites the public to experience how artistic making can provide momentary glimpses of relationships unfolding stories of love and loss.”

Material Legacies is the culmination of a four-year research collaboration with The Hospice of St Francis, a palliative care charity. This collaboration explores how artistic making supports the bereaved to negotiate their own approach to translating and finding a place for the dead in their lives. Within this process, biography is distilled into three distinct experiences, which collect a range of materials capturing the essence of the deceased’s archive. This deep interaction advocates how a material approach to loss can expand our personal and aesthetic relationships with the dead.

This exhibition would be of special interest to those working within the boundaries of art and public engagement, co-design and art therapy through artistic practice.

The exhibition is free, but you can RSVP to attend the private view on the evening of February 28th here.

Material Desires Workshop: Design Led Explorations of the Home/Work Divide

“On February 17th, designers, researchers, PhD students, anthropologists and practitioners of various disciplines gathered for the Material Desires workshop, to do design led explorations of the home/work divide. The event, which took place at Goldsmiths, was led by PhD student Paulina Yurman from the Design department, and was sponsored by the EPSRC’s Balance Network.

The workshop consisted of design-led activities which aimed to open up a space for discussing our daily management of roles related to work, home, family and other domains, and to develop design proposals for debating and discussing in a group.

The morning session started with a ‘geography’ activity;  island shaped cards were used to create a landscape of our daily juggling of identities. Using geographical terms and linking them with daily activities encouraged free associations from which themes might emerge for discussions. For example, ‘valley of owed favours’ and ‘island of procrastination’ were loose terms for islands on the map that described the emotional landscape and helped us open a space from which to explore throughout the day. Continue reading “Material Desires Workshop: Design Led Explorations of the Home/Work Divide”

Rose Sinclair to give talk on Dorcas societies at Bruce Castle

Rose Sinclair of Goldsmiths Design will hold a free talk on Dorcas societies on Wednesday, 24 February, at Bruce Castle Museum in Haringey: “Mapping Textiles: Dorcas Stories and Narratives in the Front Room”.

The talk will focus on the work of Dorcas societies around the Haringey area and it will use archival material as well as discuss the influence of the networks of Caribbean women and their textiles:

Often founded by upper class women in churches in the 19th century, Dorcas Societies were initially begun to help make clothes for poor people, or to support women to become self-sufficient through the skill of working with a needle. During the 1950s and 1960s, Caribbean women in London would meet in their front rooms. The Clubs and Societies were a support network, where textiles formed the link.

The event will take place in the Lecture Hall at Bruce Castle starting 7 30 pm (doors open at 7).