I have been invited to run my workshop entitled "The Architecture of the Shoe" as part of London College of Fashions Maker Library.
This six hour intensive course, will have you exploring the principles of design and applying them to the design of an item of footwear.
More information below.
Come and make shoes with emerging and established footwear designers. Discover new footwear innovation, technology and craftsmanship through a series of workshops and talks. Part of the British Council Maker Library Network. Get involved and check our website for further details.
The Negress and Mammy have been invited to be part of the Royal College of Arts 175 year celebratory exhibition, "The Perfect Place to Grow"
THE PERFECT PLACE TO GROW: 175 YEARS OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART
As part of its 175th anniversary, the RCA is presenting a major exhibition exploring key facets of the College over the last three centuries. The Perfect Place to Grow will provide a fascinating insight into the world’s oldest art and design school in continuous operation, revealing the politics and polemics behind the perennial question of how Britain should train artists and designers, and interrogating the purpose of publicly funded art schools. Exhibits will include historic and contemporary works of art and design by leading RCA alumni and staff, including Ian Dury, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Zandra Rhodes, David Hockney, Thomas Heatherwick and Tracey Emin.
I have been invited to talk at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday the 30th November on the topic of Subversive Design. If you would like to come please book in advance by contacting the museum.
I hope to see you there
The Negress & Mammy table and lounge have been invited to be part of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery's exhibition on Subersive Design taking place from the 12th October 2013 until 9th March 2014. I hope you can pass by and see these pieces alongside works by vivienne westwood, Thomas Heatherwick and many more.
Further details below:
From high fashion to high street consumerism, cheeky ceramics to controversial chairs, provocative lamps to ‘rubbish’ jewellery, this major exhibition subverts your preconceptions and challenges your relationship with objects you use on a daily basis.
Subversive Design explores how designers, makers and manufacturers react to the world around them, playing with form, function and materials to create objects that provoke and amuse.
For over 200 years craft and design have been used to engage and challenge political and social issues in both obvious and more hidden ways.
The exhibition includes work by a wide range of designers and makers, including Alexander McQueen, David Shrigley, Studio Job, Philippe Starck, Grayson Perry, Richard Slee, Campana Brothers, Vivienne Westwood and Leigh Bowery
On 18 September, Roca London Gallery will host Flock Talks, a discussion with designers from architecture, products, jewellery and fashion, presented by design collective FLOCK. Speakers will include Zaha Hadid Architects, Naomi Filmer, and Flock co-founders Pernilla Ohrstedt and Simone Brewster.
More information and a full list of speakers will be announced on www.rocalondongallery.com in early August.
Bodies of Work is a joint exhibition between myself and architect Pernilla Ohrstedt taking place at Roca London Gallery.
More information below.
The Zaha Hadid-designed Roca London Gallery, London's most exciting new venue for architecture and design, presents critically acclaimed emerging design talents Pernilla Ohrstedt and Simone Brewster.
In their first design exhibition since winning the 2012 Design Week Award, ROCA London Gallery confirm their dedication to design excellence and innovation by featuring a show spanning architecture, design and fashion for London Design Festival and London Fashion Week. Pernilla Ohrstedt, having just completed the Coca-Cola Beatbox for the Olympic Park, together with Asif Khan, a pioneering building also acting as a musical instrument - will show her unique work that continues an exploration into performance based design. This time centred around the body with ‘architectural accessories’ produced for highly acclaimed London based fashion house Antipodium as well as the set for its London Fashion Week catwalk at Somerset House. Simone Brewster will debut her sought after jewellery collection in addition to a new line of furniture, blurring the boundaries between jewellery, furniture and sculpture.
The exhibition will open on September 14th and will include a screening of the Antipodium catwalk show at Somerset house from the 15th.
I have been invited to take part in Beautiful Objects at the Aram Gallery.
The exhibition is to be the Aram Gallery's first major exhibition on contemporary Jewellery.
Earlier this year my furniture featured as part of a wider show by the British Embassy showcasing British talent during the London 2012 Olympic Games. The rooms were curated by Diana Yakeley and my Mammy Table was installed in a room with Howard Hodgkin paintings, Ron Arad furniture, Susan Trocme chairs and a Helen Yardley rug.
I have been invited to act as lead curator by the Royal College of Art and African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora for an upcoming show entitled RCA Black.
More on the show below.
25 August 2011 – The Royal College of Art in collaboration with the African and African Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD), is proud to present RCA Black, an exhibition celebrating art and design by African and African-Caribbean graduates and students.
The RCA is one of the world’s most influential postgraduate art and design colleges. As an incubator for creative talent it is renowned for its alumni, who include Ridley Scott, James Dyson, Tracey Emin and David Hockney.  _place_holder;Alongside these, the RCA has also been instrumental in developing the careers of artists and designers from African and African-Caribbean descent, such as painter Frank Bowling RA and architect David Adjaye.
A Royal College of Art education undoubtedly brings with it the prospect of prestige and success, yet at the same time, the College – in common with other major British educational institutions – is seen as being a predominately white university.
With this in mind, RCA Black will for the very first time bring together the multidisciplinary practices of the College’s African and African-Caribbean art and design alumni, past and present. The achievements of these artists and designers – spanning 60 years – are being showcased not only as exemplars of creativity but also as a point of celebration.
Believing that the art and design sector should be truly representative of all talent, the AACDD approached the RCA to present the work of a group of graduates who are often marginalised within the creative industries. RCA Blackfeatures 23 artists, designers and makers, including bespoke tailor Charlie Allen; photographer Eileen Perrier; painter Frank Bowling RA; contemporary artists Harold Offeh and Faisal Abdu’Allah; silversmith Ndidi Ekubia and designer Simone Brewster.
Dr Paul Thompson, Rector of the Royal College of Art said: “African and African-Caribbean artists and designers are faced with many barriers in their quest to obtaining academic qualifications; through this exhibition I hope that those considering applying to the College will have confidence that admission is based on merit and not on any other factor.”