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500 ➝ Infinity

The 500th contribution to the World Beach Project has just been published! Congratulations Everybody! I wonder… is it pure coincidence that the entries attached to these landmark numbers* seem particularly apposite? People chose to write many things in the text box alongside their stone drawings. In the 500th, Tim Spain talks of ‘Galaxies like grains of sand’

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A Personal Introduction….and Initial Thoughts

I'mTristan Webber and for the last four years Ihave beentheSenior Tutor for the Womenswear Fashion Course at the Royal College of Art. Previous to this, I have been teaching Fashion Design as a Visiting Tutor at the RCA and Central Saint Martins for the last nine years. During this period, the majority of my time has been spentestablishing and running a design studio under my name, designing and manufacturing womenswear and accessories. Themethodologybehindmy brand centred aroundthere-interpretation of traditional decorative craft techniquesalongside contemporary digital design processesto createcontemporary, yet enduring, luxury pieces.This workhas fuelledmyongoingappreciation for the designer/ maker role, which for me, …

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Moving Patterns at the National Geographic Society

Moving Patterns is my drawing installation, at the Royal Geographical Society showing from May 7th-May 21st . It bears witness to the way in which pattern and ornament are laden with meaning and memory in both colonial and post-colonial times and is part of the Fashioning Diaspora Space project with the Victoria & Albert Museum, […]

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Compact products for a simple life

Nowadays we are living in a fast-paced world where speed and convenience are increasingly important. With high-tech developments it’s easy to travel and communicate. Cities are crowded and big flats difficult to afford. Instead we live in flats that are compact but comfortable. We work hard and have no time to clean a big home so we prefer the simple and easy life. The products we use are becoming more compact and easy to use. Living space, furniture, home appliances, computers, mp3 players, mobile phones, are all being designed to be more and more compact.

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Saint George’s Day

By Stuart Frost St George’s day falls this week on Thursday 23 April. I have written about St George previously, in April 2007 in fact, so I’ll try not to repeat myself too much here. I noted then that although there are a large number of images of St George in the V&A’s collections most […]

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From airbrush to felt-tip

It’s unusual for a historian to have the opportunity to look at the complete working methods of a design office. Sketches and models are often thrown away once a project is brought to completion. Before coming to the V&A, I had the chance to write about a design firm that did keep a great deal of its preparatory studies. This was the office of Brooks Stevens, an industrial designer based in Milwaukee. For an exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum I studied renderings, surviving models, and photos that documented the working procedures of the firm. The first thing you notice …

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Design in China seminar

BackgroundChina is developing very quickly. People in the UK are very familiar with the ‘Made in China’ label on many goods. But what about product design in China?Many Chinese designers are studying and working abroad, and some of them have already returned. Is Chinese design changing? What is the future of design in China?TopicThe seminar will focus on Chinese design now and what the future holds for it.Time and place16 April 2009, 14:00 – 17:00Sackler Centre, Seminar Room 1, V&A Museum

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Public bench

This idea was inspired by bad manners that I saw in a public park. Sometimes people sleep on the benches in parks and I think this is really bad manners! I think that to prevent this, park benches should be made uncomfortable for people to sleep on, so I’ve designed this one. My bench was also designed with families in mind – the seats are lower in the middle so a child can easily sit on them. The separate seats also provide a more comfortable private space when more than one person is using the bench. The hole in the …

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Worth a Thousand…

What does a craft historian, like myself, want to know about design? Mostly, how something gets made – and how people think about the process of making. It's a famously difficult thing to pin down. Hand vs. head, materiality vs. language, skill vs. concept: there are plenty of ways to put craft in its place. It's easy to make it seem like it doesn't involve conscious thought at all. Imagine a skilled carver, chipping away; or a potter throwing one perfect cylinder at another. These processes seem more intuitive than discursive. But any craft theory worth its salt needs to …

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Palm Sunday Processions

By Stuart Frost The Easter weekend is almost upon us which means that Palm Sunday has already passed. Palm Sunday is an important date in the Christian calendar as it marks the beginning of the events which led up to the Crucifixion of Jesus and his Resurrection. The Gospel accounts tells us that Jesus entered Jerusalem […]

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