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Victoria & Albert Museum


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Opening 21 April

Written by Edwina Ehrman, Senior Curator of Fashioned from Nature

The exhibition tells this story through dress and accessories drawn from the V&A’s collection and loans from leading designers such as Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon and Ermenegildo Zegna. Natural history specimens, taxidermy, film and images add context. A specially commissioned soundscape brings nature into the exhibition space in another way gradually merging birdsong with the sounds of machinery to suggest the increasing impact of human activity as technology advanced and the population grew.

Throughout, Fashioned from Nature highlights the role of campaigners in raising awareness of the negative impact of fashion, from the founding members of the Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds to Katharine Hamnett and Vivienne Westwood. Importantly, it focuses on solutions and draws attention to the exciting interdisciplinary research taking place today which is driving the development of cleaner, less wasteful processes and materials.

At a time when environmental protection and the use and disposal of precious resources are hotly debated topics, the exhibition provides a forum for discussion. Fashioned from Nature asks what we can learn from the past in order to design a better fashion industry for the future. It not only challenges designers to create clothes that are both beautiful and responsible, but also encourages us all to consider more carefully our own clothes.

Fashioned from Nature opens 21 April 2018.


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Interview with Caroline Roux about growing a dress from plant roots, which features in the Victoria & Albert Museum ‘Fashionioned from Nature’ exhibition.


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Symposium Hortitecture 03


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The HORTITECTURE 03 Symposium is the third of a series of public lectures, focusing on alternative sustainable building strategies that explore the synergies combining architecture and plant material.

Twelve International and German guests present and discuss their ideas and experience in the field. During the discussion sessions, we compare and analyze architectural solutions that are made with, made for or made from vegetative material, asking:
How are plants integrated within the building system?
What kinds of benefits can a new kind of nature-artifact combination offer?
How do the plantings affect the overall environment and architectural design?
What is the maintenance factor and how scalable are these new solutions?
In studying the intersections between architectural, horticultural and technological practices, our goal is to transfer knowledge beyond building design to a larger urban scope, creating better, more sustainable future cities.
Speaker:
Chris Precht ,Gerhard Zemp, Wilfrid Middleton, Marco Schmidt, Diana Scherer, Dieter Volkmann, Maria Auböck,Thomas Corbasson, Susanne Thomaier, Niklas Weisel, Cassian Schmidt, Elisabeth Kather

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FRAME MAGAZINE


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 Nov – Dec 2017


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Spring Tide


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Van Zoetendaal & The Collection

20 May- 3 September

Exercising his expert eye for the beauties of photography, guest curator Willem van Zoetendaal will introduce us to over 200 photographs from the Collection in their original form: that is, directly printed from the negatives. Many of the photographs in the exhibition are well-known in cropped versions but are now being shown for the first time in their entirety. Van Zoetendaal demonstrates that a great deal of information about the photographer’s vision and approach can lie in precisely those apparently insignificant and casual details that cropping tends to eliminate.

Van Zoetendaal will reveal the continuing relevance of the photographs in the museum collection by complementing them with contemporary photographs. The combination produces unexpected links and parallels between past and present. For example, the fact that photographers – then as now – were attracted by motifs like solitary trees, moonlight or reflections in water.

Participating photographers
From the Collection: Katharina Eleonore Behrend, Paul Citroen, Cobie Douma, Bernard F. Eilers, Wally Elenbaas, Ed van der Elsken, Kees Hana, Esther Kroon, Cas Oorthuys, Frits J. Rotgans, Paul Schuitema, Paul Steenhuizen, Richard Tepe and Piet Zwart.
Contemporary photographers: Céline van Balen, Ruth van Beek, Holger Niehaus, Arjan de Nooy, Diana Scherer, Otto Snoek and Harold Strak.

www.nederlandsfotomuseum.nl/en/exhibition/spring-tide/


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Future Matters Symposium


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9-11-2017

Exploring Our Sustainable Materiality

We live in extreme times, from mass global migration, rapidly changing ecosystems to radical shifts in the world’s superpowers, we are witnessing seismic changes in the way we live, work and survive. Our current systems for managing and tackling these changes seem outdated and unreliable. As designers it is our responsibility to look beyond the conventional and probe, question and explore how we can, should or want to shape the future.

Exploring the notion of ‘Sustainable Materiality’, Het Nieuwe Instituut and the MA Material Futures program at Central Saint Martins have invited design practitioners who not only shape and work with materials, but who are also interested in redefining our current systems of manufacture, consumption and current material culture. With sustainability at the heart of each of our invited guests’ practice, we encourage debate and discourse exploring how we, as designers, should and can address some of the challenges facing the material world.

http://bit.ly/Future-Matters


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Into The Great Wide Open


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Earth Matters


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By Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano
‘Earth Matters’ refers to the worldwide development regarding sustainability and respect for earth’s resources. In the worlds of design, science and business, these aspects are of great importance. By using the four themes, ‘Honouring Origins’, ‘Collecting Ingredients’, ‘Reinventing Materials’ and ‘Sustaining Production’, the exhibition ‘EARTH MATTERS’, gives the visitor a better understanding of a sustainable cycle and the importance of material studies. The exhibition shows experiments – from fashion to design – that contribute to a sustainable making process, either on a small or a large scale. All projects encourage people to think about the source of materials and the creation process, not only through innovation, but even more by the re-evaluation of crafts and locally produced products. The exhibition is curated by Lidewij Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano, together with the TextielMuseum.
10 June 2017 till 26 November 2017