Exhibition: Real Dirty Blue

Real Dirty Blue Final

Real Dirty Blue: Textile Design at Central Saint Martins
Dates: 23 February – 1 April 2016
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday | 11am – 6pm , Saturday | 12 – 5pm
Venue: Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4AAA

A glimpse into the world of textile design culture at Central Saint Martins. Real Dirty Blue tells the story of almost a century of textile design at the college, from the hand block printed textiles of the 1930s to more recent experiments in multi-dimensional textiles, digital print and the juxtaposition of traditional techniques with new technologies.

The work presents 26 designers who taught or studied at the college from 1927 to 2015. On display will be objects drawn from the CSM Museum & Study Collection, supplemented with loans from designers’ personal archives and collections. The focus of the display is to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the processes that happen during design development – the sketchbooks, prototypes and material samples to show how the designer’s ideas have developed from initial inspirations to production.

Curated into four key themes; 2D to 3D, Digital Pioneers, Happy Accidents and Material Artisans.

2D to 3D challenges the perception of what textile design is. The multi-dimensional textiles assembled here are the result of precise planning and boundless experimentation. To fully appreciate these forms that self-fold, self-assemble and self-form you have to actually be present.

Digital Pioneers show the deep-rooted relationship between textiles and technology in the opportunities it offers traditional techniques to the appropriation of techniques from other industries.

Happy Accidents contains designers who relinquish control and allow the element of chance to infiltrate their textile practice. What may be a mistake to some can kick-start a process of playful and spontaneous innovation.

Material Artisans celebrate the heritage of textile craft, techniques that were once the only way of making fabrics are now conceived to create new forms of craft futures, opening up a dialogue between hand-made and mass produced processes.

Howard Asher, Laura Baker, Philippa Brock, Susan Campbell, Joyce Clissold, Malcolm Cocks, Carole Collet, Eileen Ellis, Linda Florence, Skye Gwillim, Mary Harper, Rosemary House, Jessica Hyams, Sue Jenkyn Jones, Derek Lawlor, Anne Marr & Rebecca Hoyes, Jaimee McKenna, George Morgan, Elain Ng Yan Ling, Calire O’Brien, Harriet Paynter, Jo Pierce, Nadia-Anne Ricketts, Stephanie Rolph, Rebecca Skelton, Anne Smith, Lorna Smith, Studio Houndstooth, Priti Veja, Marta Velasco Velasco.

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