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Karen Guthrie and Nina Pope’s show at Kettle’s Yard opened on Friday. There’s a lot to see – early online environments; video installations; “Tomorrow, Today” a model village made with volunteers over the Summer using the ancient cob-building technique (mud and straw); an honesty table where visitors can pay what they want for a variety of objects – vegetables, conkers strung on shoe-laces, homemade jam and rice bowls. Also, 3 feature-length films playing every day in a purpose built cinema room. Read More >

Posted: September 15th, 2014
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Last night the Grubby Mitts and Pete Um played at the Changing Spaces venue in Cambridge – an empty shop used for pop-up events and exhibitions. The event was organised with Aid&Abet and Bad Timing.

The Grubby Mitts are Andy Holden, Johnny Parry, Roger Illingworth, J.B MacDowell and John Blamey, with contributions from friends and musicians. The band are represented by their own label Lost Toys Records.

They describe their music as “post-MI!MS” (Maximum Irony Maximum Sincerity) referring to the artist’s manifesto signed by Andy and his friends which formed the subject of a show at the Zabludowicz Gallery in 2013. Read More >

Posted: July 31st, 2014
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On Monday the 7th of July, stage 3 of the Tour de France travelled very briefly through my home town on its journey from Cambridge to London. Anticipation has been building for months. The ultimate middle-class sporting event, visiting picturesque Essex villages and countryside in a regional tourism PR manager’s dream. Read More >

Posted: July 9th, 2014
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On Tuesday evening I travelled into London for the latest BBC Connected Studio studio briefing at Shoreditch Village Hall. Connected Studios are the BBC’s way of recruiting external designers to brainstorm and develop digital projects in support of programming. This event was to brief designers interested in taking part in a two day development workshop, building and presenting ideas for the latest One Planet landmark series broadcasting in 2016. Read More >

Posted: June 13th, 2014
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Last week I spent the morning with a group of forty design students in their second year at the London College of Communication. I gave a modified version of the Cambridge Creative Futures talk from March, interspersed with questions and discussion. The students are preparing for their year in industry and are in the process of applying for work placements, attempting to get funding for their projects, and working out how to fund themselves while they intern. Read More >

Posted: June 3rd, 2014
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BBC Connected is a new initiative which brings groups of people together to discuss possibilities and develop specific projects. Last week I joined a digital creative workshop at Shoreditch Village Hall in Hoxton Square, exploring new genres and territories that the BBC could move into online. Read More >

Posted: April 13th, 2014
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Last week I took part in the Creative Futures event, organised by Creative Front and held at the Junction in Cambridge. I was there to give a masterclass on “Research: what it is, who it’s for, and what’s in it for you.” The day consisted of short talks from a variety of designers, a series of materclasses, and a keynote speech from Wayne Hemingway. Read More >

Posted: March 31st, 2014
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On Monday July 7th the Tour de France will be passing through Saffron Walden on its way from Cambridge to London. To commemorate the event we have created a special edition of our Light Traffic Only cups and tea towels. They can be purchased from our online store Apropos-Shop or in person and online from the Design Essentials shop on Market Hill in Saffron Walden, who are the exclusive stockists. Read More >

Posted: March 27th, 2014
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Martin Creed won the Turner Prize in 2001. What’s the point of it? at the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery is the first retrospective of his work which is described as playful, thought-provoking, surprising, humorous, uplifting and joyous. Read More >

Posted: March 17th, 2014
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Richard Deacon is know for his interest in materials and their manipulation – pushing the fabrication of his work to an extreme. Particularly his laminated wooden pieces which are joined together with glues and resinous substances which ouse from between thin strips of wood joined together in complex linear structures (or screwed, bolted, pegged, plated). Read More >

Posted: March 17th, 2014
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