Taking in some art in my PJ’s

26 Jan

Tonights wednesday club was cancelled, Tuft and Fold couldn’t make it and I decided it wouldn’t quite be the same on my own.  But I’ve become very attached to the culture and inspiring discussion every Wednesday evening seems to be bringing.  Especially as my evenings at home just recently seem to consist of the boyfriend watching every kind of sport he can possible find on TV.

Sitting in front of the computer I decided to have a search for art exhibitions and the Saatchi Gallery popped up, I’ve been meaning to go for so long, since it reopened actually and I hate to find out how long that is!! Well I kind of did go tonight, they have some great virtual tours on the website. So I sat on the sofa in my PJ’s while I was whisked around the exhibition. You don’t get any information on what your seeing but it gives you a real taste and this gallery is definitely top of my list now! Print xx

When Tuft is away, Print and Fold go out to play!

20 Jan

Tuft is out in Hong Kong for 2 weeks, leaving me and Fold to keep Wednesday club running.  So last night off we went to another University of the Arts London alumni event.  The preview of Sroop Sunar’s The Goldern Glassy exhibition, in The Arts Gallery new spanking space in High Holborn.  Sunar looks back hundreds of years to present a pictorial history of England, using the traditional British pub sign to redraw our cultural and visual heritage. Influenced by the aesthetic of everyday Asian consumer goods, Sroop playfully explores her dual Indian and English ancestry and skilfully retells the visual history of her two cultures with idiosyncratic visual wit. As the printer of the family I especially loved the texture of the prints on the rough woodern signs.  If you get the chance check it out do. Print x
20 January – 5 March 2011 Monday – Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm.

Fold @ The Goldern Glassy

Mapping out the Future

15 Jan

Tuft & Print at Future Map

Last night the PTF gang attended the brilliant preview night of Future Map, an exhibition dedicated to the rising stars of art & design. Orchestrated by the University of the Arts London, we delighted over a hand picked selection of performance art, photography, textiles, sculpture, installation pieces and fashion.

Admit it, we all love a free beverage at gallery event: Quaff-tastic!

Fold & Print admiring the work of photographer David Aldridge - Camberwell College graduate

Etheral sculpture by Dari Bae (my camera phone does not do this justice)!

Fabulous fur by Eliana Dimitrakopoulou, London College of Fashion

From the heights of the Zabludowicz Gallery

One of our favourite pieces was by fellow Chelsea Textiles alumni Maryrose Watson, whose intricately woven pieces were architectural masterpieces… but we aren’t biased or anything!

Maryrose Watson - BA (Hons) Textile Design - Chelsea College of Art & Design

When we weren’t quaffing we were gossiping as usual about our FABS (Fiancees and Boyfriends), but we did manage to talk some mean business and oh my gosh how excited are we about 2011?! The year of the Business Plan! Okay, that sounds much more terrifying than exciting but by calling our weekly meetings The Wednesday Club we’ve managed to make this venture sound much more appealing.

Being in a 'Club' is SO much fun!

As the most excitable of the group (Tuft) my mind is already racing with all the fabulous places we can meet around London while plotting world domination – so keep your eyes peeled for future Wednesday Club updates!

Cheers!

PTF x x x

*All images are copyright of Print Tuft & Fold and University of the Arts London

(I’m now) Aware: Fashion Art Identity

7 Jan

Good ‘eve, Tuft here!

As promised, here I am, a-blogging again! It’s Day 2 of the Resolutions now and I have been to an art exhibition AND entered a blog. Hurrah! Big slap on the back, I thank you.

I really really enjoyed my trip to the Royal Academy of Arts this morning; shamefully, it was my first time despite having passed it numerous times en route to do my shopping in New Bond Street. (I wish).

‘Aware: Fashion Art Identity’ is a fantastically diverse & thought provoking exhibition that I really urge you to go see before it ends on 30th January. It explores how clothing and fashion is used to communicate and reveal identity,  through the themes of Storytelling, Building, Belonging & Confronting, and Performance.

Gorgeously clever (water-soluble) threads by Helen Storey

It’s hard to pick just one installation that stood out for me, but I was particularly impressed by Sharif Waked’s video ‘Chic Point’. Making a strong political comment on the complex situation in the Middle East, he created some ingenious garments that playfully exposed areas of the body – ‘Fashion for the Israeli Checkpoints’, if you will. It was clever, strangely humorous (the garments themselves), but also quite poignant and sad.

Sharif Waked - Chic Point, 2003

I also marvelled at the kaleidoscopic explosion of colour by Yinka Shonibare – amazing batik printed Colonial African Fabrics, beautifully displayed. I love using unashamedly bold vivid colours in my rugs, so for me his work is always so inspiring.

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Little Rich Girls, 2010

Speaking of inspiration I came across architects Acconci Studio who showcased a collection of gorgeous oragami pieces… no guessing who came to mind here! Check them out, Fold!

Acconci Studio, 2001

There is far too many brilliant and beautiful things to mention from this exhibition that I won’t be able to describe adequately. Suffice to say if you love fashion, fabrics and art you simply must pay it a visit – and then treat to yourself to a nice sugared macaroon or two from the Sketch tea shop – Yummy!

Go on then, I’ll have 5 of the pink please!

Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!

Love, Tuft x

New Year Resolutions – The ones worth keeping

6 Jan

I don’t know about you but I love to make New Years Resolutions, and I LOOOVE to make lists! So here goes the list of things I will do better at in 2011…

Blogging!

I speak for myself here, (myself being ‘Tuft’), when admit my guilt of not contributing more to our lovely blog. And finding something worth writing about leads me to my next firm resolution…

Go to more Art Exhibitions!

So my first port of call will be the ‘Art Fashion Identity’ exhibition at The Royal Academy, London.

The exhibition explores the role of clothing through themes of Storytelling, Building, Belonging & Confronting, and Performance. It showcases work from various artists and designers including Grayson Perry, La Maison Martin Margiela, Yinka Shonibare (a personal favourite of mine), and the late and very great Alexander McQueen.

It’s running only until 30th Jan, so you’ve got to be quick to catch it. I’m taking the morning off to see it tomorrow, really excited.

Yinka Shonibare MBE - Little Rich Girls, 2010

Networking!

The best (and most common) advice I have received from any business mentor is ‘get out and network network network’! This should not be a problem, we are quite the social butterflies here at PTF, and I have certainly found that whether you are meeting your design peers or business experts, there is always an exciting new opportunity to be sought from the experience.

On this note we plan to frequent the brilliant Alumni events orchestrated by the University of the Arts London. The first of such events is Future Map, which is showcasing new cutting edge talent from the University. To catch these rising stars of the future visit the Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, from 13 January – 6 February.

Lillian Suwanrumpha - BA (Hons) Fine Art - Chelsea College of Art & Design

Plan Plan Plan!

I am an excellent procrastinator, but as for planning… hmmmm, not so much. But that’s okay, it’s high on my official New Years Resolution list for all to see, and 2011 is the year of DOING not daydreaming. Right? Right!

Ahh, that Amelie... she was fond of daydreaming too...

It’s going to be a very exciting year ahead for Print Tuft & Fold, we can just feel it in our bones! The biggest obstacle we have yet to tackle is the dreaded business plan, but fear not The British Library is well stocked and ready to help! The business and IP centre has a phenomenal amount of info for us creative types, so time to get our heads in the books and exercise that left side of the brain!

I think this is quite enough for now (lets not get into the whole yoga/ paleo diet regime). But if my soul is creatively nourished I’m sure I’ll be just fine.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Love Print, Tuft & Fold x x x

PTF on NYE; Playboy Bunny (Fold), Felicity Shagwell (Print) & Jessica Rabbit (Tuft)

100% Thank You!!

6 Oct

So it’s all over; the office/studio is tidy again, the stand props are back in storage and we have our weekends back. 100% Design this year was well worth it though, the stand was busy and our seating cubes at the entrance to the show seemed to be a big success. We couldn’t have managed to produce those fantastic cubes without the support of our super sponsors though.  Hill & Co Rugs produced Claire’s fantastic carpet on the tightest schedule in history but still to the highest quality as you would only ever expect from them, FabPad printed Zoe’s city inspired fabric and even when we thought that blue would be the death of us they brought to the table the most eye popping blue we could have only wished for and then there’s the super stars of the show our great upholsters D&G Upholstery with whom we put our lives in their hands and when those cubes turned up on site boy did it feel like Christmas!!  More importantly than producing great products we managed to find the most supportive and friendliest sponsors any designer could hope for, so a big thank you guys for making us want to do it all over again, it was months of hard work but a complete pleasure.

Wow we feel like we’re writing an acceptance speech but we really don’t want to miss anyone out…so we really need to thank JamDesign and Reed Exhibitions/100% Design for firstly giving us the opportunity and then supporting us through it, your inbox’s won’t know what’s hit them towards the end they must of started to flash up ‘it’s them again’!!

The show itself was buzzing and exciting from start to finish, we met some great people. Catherine from Furnish.co.uk who probably didn’t realise it but gave us a huge ego boast with “oh good I’ve finally found you I’ve been running all over the place trying to find PTF!!”  The lovely Ellie Tennent who in our minds writes one of the best interior products blog’s, home shopping spy, and also writes for the magazine Ideal Home, can’t believe she manages both!  (That should probably be the other way round, she writes for Ideal Home and manages to write a blog!) The best company name has to go to Kiss The Frog Again, a shop in Bath, who unfortunately don’t seem to have a website sorry!

So you’re probably thinking “what are they going to do with themselves now?’, all this free time now the shows over…we wish (actually we probably don’t, we do genuinely love what we do!)  No the next few months will involve following up all our leads, catching up with friends who have not seen or heard from us in months, a weeks holiday, a Xmas craft fair (watch this space for more details on that) and because we wouldn’t be us if we didn’t but working on all the projects we set ourselves on those quite moments on the stand during 100%, one of which being re-branding PTF. 

So anyway thank you to all, for your continued support and for coming to see us at 100% Design.
Print, Tuft and Fold xx

PTF Cubed

24 Sep

Here we are with the fruits of labour on the second day of 100%. Another great day spent talking about our favourite subject…textiles!