Tuesday, 27 December 2011

RIVERS OF THE WORLD ON TOUR

The Mulberry School for Girls in London studied the Anacostia. 
Panel designed with artists Caroline Collinge and Edmond Salter.
Artwork from Rivers of the World 2011 is currently being exhibited from November 2011 through February 2012 in Washington's Yards Park – a stunning development on the Anacostia River. For directions and more information, please visit www.yardspark.org.

Rivers of the World is the Thames Festival Trust’s flagship art and education project and is delivered in partnership with the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms, and with support from HSBC Global Education Trust.

To see all the artwork produced globally through Rivers of the World this year, view this gallery.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION WILLESDEN GREEN ON JOTTA

Cabinet of Curiosity: jotta artist contributes to lifesize advent calendar
By Millie Ross –  15.12.2011
  
The festive season signals a few exciting prospects, mince pies, mulled wine, and advent calendars! The Architecture Foundation and Brent Council have joined forces to create a life-size advent calendar on Willesden Green, with emerging artists and designers bringing the shop windows of the high street to life. jotta member Caroline Collinge transforms The Samaritans.
The local shops participating in the project include the jewellers, barbers, a kebab shop, a pound shop, Caribbean snack supplies, a gift shop and the local hair stylist. Day by day until Christmas, 25 local shops and businesses will play host to the creations of wildly inventive design teams who will make each shopfront into a life-sized advent adventure.
When the project was first dreamed up a month ago, the call out was placed on jotta and beyond, and submissions to contribute designs flooded in from all over the world. The chosen design teams include architects, film set designers, product designers, fashion designers, cabinet makers, art directors, graphic designers and even a film-maker.
One of that talented bunch is jotta member Caroline Collinge, who works across film, installation and performance, while also reseraching the Baroque and performance design for a PhD at London College of Fashion. Her recent solo exhibition, A Picture Unfolds, utilised origami, costume and architectural elements to recreate the fascinating story of the London A-Z, building an architectural fantasy of the city streets which the map's creator, Phyllis Pearsall, obsessively traversed.
Caroline's is also one half of creative duo Cabinet of Curiosity, with Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Edmond Salter. Together they worked with The Samaritans on Willesden Green to create a window based upon "the idea of renewal and recycling using a poem by William Shakespeare 'The Phoenix and the Turtle', with a paper phoenix as a central motif." Explains Caroline, "We created a window display which reflected some of the origins of the nativity - as we opened on the 2nd day of Christmas - in addition to reflecting the history of Willesden and the nature of the site."
Look out for Caroline's work in 2012, as she has a slew of exciting projects ahead: from Thames Festival education project, 'Rivers of the World', (which we spoke to jotta member Chloe Bonfield about recently), to production design on actress Romola Garai's forthcoming short film 'Scrubber', to costume design for virtuoso cellist Li Lu. And if that wasn't enough, Collinge will be exhibiting her paper costumes at the Royal College of Art.
The full Advent window calendar will be on show this weekend with a series of festive workshops and activities, including Caroline's paper and origami workshop B a Bird. The installations will be up until January 2012, The Samaritans shop then plans to auction the Cabinet of Curiosity paper art to raise money for their charity.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

B. a Bird


A paper craft workshop for all ages and abilities introducing recycling, origami and paper cut techniques to make paper bird objects.

Where: The Samaritans, 11 Walm Lane
Date: Sunday 18th December, 1pm-3.30pm
Participation: 30-40 persons maximum at any one time

Sunday, 11 December 2011

WILLESDEN GREEN PART TWO

Here are some further photographs of our project working with The Samaritans charity shop, Brent and the Architecture Foundation. The project used recycled objects and paper: books, origami, papier mache, collage and cut paper techniques to create objects. More pictures can be viewed on the website:
http://willesdenwindows.com/


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

NEW WINDOWS ON WILLESDEN GREEN PART ONE


I've been working with an architect on a short commission for The Architecture Foundation to provide new windows on the high street at Willesden Green. I was very happy that we were partnered with The Samaritans charity shop at 11 Walm Lane. It's proved to be a very succesful collaboration and I have been able to incorporate paper recycling.

Here is an article about the project from The Evening Standard which mentions our commission:


Welcome to the high street that's been turned into an advent calendar


London is London and the city is buzzing. Despite everything the world and its bankers can throw at us, we continue to flourish and grow, and that counts especially for our multifaceted design industry. Willesden Green for instance - up to now, let's face it, plain and drab and boring - is hosting an exhilarating design project to revive and improve the High Road throughout December.The project, funded by the Outer London Fun Project with Brent council and The Architecture Foundation, in collaboration with Meanwhile Space and Blue Consulting, will see a flock of world-class designers transforming Willesden High Road and some of Walm Lane into a giant, urban advent calendar. Day by day from today until Christmas Day, 25 local shops and businesses will play host to the creations of wildly inventive design teams who will make each storefront into a life-sized advent window surprise.
The local shops participating in the project include the jewellers, barbers, a kebab shop, a pound shop, Caribbean snack supplies, a gift shop and the local hair stylist.
When the project was first dreamed up a month ago, submissions to contribute designs flooded in from all over the world, and the chosen design teams include architects, film set designers, product designers, fashion designers, cabinet makers, art directors, graphic designers and even a film-maker.
Many of the designers, such as Merel Karhof, Thorunn Arnadottir and Marcus Kayser, were raised in other countries but trained and base their practice here, because London is now the undisputed centre of the international design industry. A smaller number of the teams involved, such as Paper Collective, are based in Willesden itself.
"As a charity we're always keen on how the environment can be improved to help social engagement," says Sarah Ichioka, director of the Architecture Foundation, who came up with the idea for the project. "Advent calendars are all about unveiling and surprises. We really want to generate daily footfall and interest in the area by welcoming people to something exciting and festive."
The first Window on Willesden will be created by Kieren Jones, a designer, maker, researcher and self-styled professional amateur.
"The pilot 'Window' is a vacant juice bar. It will be the project HQ," says Jones. "You can call in, learn about the project, pick up the map and then take the trail to see the windows down the High Road. I'm doing a Las Vegas-style lighting display."
Monumental and fun, his window lights will illuminate passengers sitting waiting at the bus stop outside.
Next will come playwright Caroline Collinge and architect Edmond Salter, with their Cabinet of Curiosities, whose artworks will transform the window of the local charity shop on Walm Lane (leading into Willesden Green) tomorrow.
On Saturday comes Metropolitan Workshop in the Food for Thought café on Willesden High Road - and so it goes, from one festive day to the next.
The team will post pictures of the installations, by their official photographer Mike Massaro, on the website at willesdenwindows.com and there will be a focus weekend of special events on December 17 and 18, with designers taking hands-on craft workshops, local historical tours, and last, but by no means least, mince pies and mulled wine.