The Makers Playground

Sep

21-27

2015

Mon-Sun 10am-10pm

Free Event

http://blackhorseworkshop.co.uk

The Makers Playground takes over Blackhorse Workshop, providing the antidote to all things too serious. A crowd of makers propose objects, participative workshops, after dark events, outdoor installations, off-grid cinema, a fantastic machine for serving drinks and new designs on the dance floor.

The Makers Playground takes over Blackhorse Workshop, providing the antidote to all things too serious A crowd of makers propose objects, participative workshops, after dark events, outdoor installations, off-grid cinema, a fantastic machine for serving drinks and new designs on the dance floor.

The Workshop will run (amok) under these new rules:

DO PLAY AFTER WORK

DO OFF-CUT (DON'T CUT OFF)

DO WORK WITH THE WRONG CROWD

PLAY NICE OR MEAN

BE RE-CREATIONAL

MEASURE ONCE CUT TWICE

ROLE-SWAP, BACKWARDS

IGNORE AT LEAST HALF OF THESE RULES

TWIST DON'T GET STUCK

Opening Night for the Makers Playground: Monday 21st September, 6.00pm - Late

Instigated by the dynamic community of designers based at the workshop,The Makers Playground is being developed in collaboration with Seán & Stephen, an architectural practice, selected for their playful and theatrical design approach. “We create for the theatre of the everyday; our projects are the stage, props & backdrops around which interesting stories unfold.”

The spirit of The Makers Playground is about trial and discovery, and there will be plenty of opportunities throughout the week to do just that. Open workshops will run strictly adhering to the rules of the playground. Independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer Dan Heath will be hosting an afternoon of screenprinting Kentucky style on wooden workshop off cuts; while indigo dye specialist Katherine May (from neighbouring denim studio Blackhorse Lane Ateliers), will build a giant swatch made from twisted cotton rope hand dyed with indigo dyes.

Key installations making an appearance include ‘The Sky Pavillion’ – an architectural experiment in coloured thread by Mill & Jones and Jan Kattein Architects, 'My Urn' – a mobile studio in a converted horsebox where ceramicist Lennard Houkes will be making cremation urns throughout the week, and ‘Propagation Delay’, a series of layered light patterns generated from wall mounted prisms by furniture designer Jordan Soderberg Mills, not to mention a giant mechanical bar canopy created by lighting designer Hannah Schmidt and Toby Poolman.

Collaborative projects will be present to view and eat. Group Design will be showcasing their latest furniture piece: 'Wedge stool', Catherine Aitken and David Murphy will exhibit their new creation, a flexible room divider made from textile and wooden batten, and resident designers of taste Osinksy Ice Cream and Left Bank Brewery will pair up to explore how beers & ice creams can bring out the best in each other and introduce a little about the processes behind both.

And finally a spirit of renewability and growth permeates the air. Company of Things will prototype plantstands together with workshop residents See What We Saw in response to plants donated by workshop members. Nana Dawson will be presenting her AwiaHene (Sun King) - a casting machine that uses the sun, for power to provide opportunities for jewellery manufacture in small communities. A bicycle powered cinema curated by Tim Worsley will spin into action on one of the evenings to show a series of short films exploring trends in craft, recycling and the designer maker movement. Filmaker Nisha Duggal will be presenting her film Forcing Tastes, which seeks to reimagine the work and words of William Morris for the digital age, and Angharad Davies shows Iceberg a piece that stems from a daily encounter with the security guard sat behind a Frank Gehry desk in the lobby of the Inland Steel Building, Chicago.
Please join us for The Makers Playground.

For a full list of events at the playground visit: www.blackhorseworkshop.co.uk/makersplayground

About Our Supporters:
Our involvement in London Design Festival has been made possible thanks to the generous support of our main sponsors, independent estate agents The Stow Brothers, and one of London’s major affordable housing providers the East Thames Group. The build of the show has benefited from extensive material sponsorship provided by E Roberts Timber, Smile Plastics & BASE.

Blackhorse Workshop

Blackhorse Workshop offers open access to a fully equipped wood and metalwork studio for skilled designers and makers of all kinds. Since opening in February last year, Blackhorse Workshop has established itself at the forefront of London’s maker-space movement. It is now home to some of the capital’s top emerging design talent. Blackhorse Workshop was founded with a mission to create a new kind of public space, one that would provide affordable access to tools and machinery for everyone, from the complete novice through to the professional craftsman. The Workshop is generating a new wave of makers by reinstating knowledge that had skipped a generation and helping people to hold onto the manual skills that the digital world is letting slip by, skills that are crucially important to our understanding of and approach to design.

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