Block Party: contemporary craft inspired by the art of the tailor

The process of transforming the flat pattern block into three dimensional form is an enduring source of inspiration. The rich cultural heritage and evocative language of pattern cutting has stimulated a broad range of contemporary applications. Block Party showcases work by artists that apply the aesthetics and techniques of pattern cutting to their practice in innovative and unexpected ways.

Internationally renowned for her unique visual art practice fusing fashion, art and architecture, the Crafts Council invited curator Lucy Orta to select works which engage with pattern cutting on a variety of levels. Looking beyond the garment, Block Party showcases new work by 16 international and UK artists and makers that have embraced the interdisciplinary nature of this skill, and which poetically reveals the tradition, history, and skills of the pattern cutter and tailor in various contemporary media.

Included in the touring exhibition are friends of Printworks Yinka Shonibare and our 2007 Surface Bursary recipient Rhian Solomon‘s work, a film originally commissioned by the Wellcome Collection for their exhibition ‘Skin’ (shown above).

Block Party is currently exhibited at Smiths Row, Bury St. Edmunds until 10th March 2012.

The tour schedule, photographs and further information can be found here or on the Crafts Council website here


About London Printworks Trust

London Printworks Trust is the centre of excellence for textile print. Our passion has continued for twenty years since establishing ourselves as a charity to encourage professional artists, designers and emerging talent to learn, to share ideas, to produce new work and to fulfil their creative potential. Through our specialist hand printing equipment and workshop facilities we support and nurture creativity in people from the local community of Brixton, and across London. We are developing a new programme of residency places, courses, talks and new open access in response to the changes to funding. We appreciate and thank the support from our Board, Volunteers and Freelancers, without whom we would not have survived the changes to our funding. Continued support from The Leverhulme Trust and Lambeth also helps us to make a difference.
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