Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Histories of the Home Conference

Julius Shulman

The Histories of the Home SSN and The City Centre at Queen Mary, University of London present the first Histories of the Home Subject Specialist Network (SSN) Conference on 5 June 2009 at London Transport Museum.

This conference will showcase different approaches to the study of the home from material culture studies and art history through to contemporary ethnographic studies. The papers draw upon a wide range of sources including inventories, paintings and diaries and span the 17th century to the present day within a British context. The event aims to bring together academics, archivists, museum professionals and postgraduate students to inspire new ideas and foster interdisciplinary dialogue.

Speakers will include:
Alison Clarke (University of the Applied Arts, Vienna)
The home as process – contemporary ethnographic methodologies in making histories of the
Victoria Kelley (University for the Creative Arts, Rochester)
Cleanliness, shine and polish in working-class and middle-class material culture in the late 19th
and early 20th centuries.
Jane Hamlett (Royal Holloway, University of London)
From drawing room to dressing room: marital dynamics and middle-class domestic material
culture in England, 1850-1910.
Dianne Lawrence (Lancaster University)
Borders of distinction and fashionable friezes – wallpaper and wall decoration in colonial
homes in Tasmania, in the latter half of the 19th century.
Sara Pennell (Roehampton University)
Home is where the hearth is? The uses and meanings of the hearth in Restoration London.
Kate Retford (Birkbeck, London)
Fabricating the domestic interior? The conversation piece in Georgian England.
Tim Richardson (independent scholar, freelance garden historian)
The importance of biography and connections in understanding the emergent English
landscape garden, 1680-1720.
Barbara Simms (independent garden and landscape historian)
The 20th-century house and garden: a review of research and an evaluation of its contribution
to our knowledge of the role of gardens in domestic life.
Divya Tolia-Kelly (Durham University)
South Asian post-colonial identity within Britain: memory-objects in the home.

Conference fees
£45 (£35 concs. – full-time students and the unwaged)(includes light lunch and refreshments)

For further information, please contact SSN Co-ordinator Krisztina Lackoi at
klackoi@geffrye-museum.org.uk or +44 (0)207 739 9893.

Venue: London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Piazza
London, WC2E 7BB
Date: Friday 5th June 2009
Time: 10.00 – 5.00
Cost: £45 (£35 - full-time students and the unwaged)

Please return the completed form with payment by Friday 22 May 2009 to:
Krisztina Lackoi, SSN Co-ordinator
Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Co-design4... Workshops

Socio-eco innovation by co-designing products & services

Co-design4... is a series of inter-connected workshops facilitated by Alastair Fuad-Luke.

The co-design loop's three pronged strategy which focuses on experiencing, problamatising and solutioning will be used to nurture collaborative exchanges. Co-design means 'designing together' therefore multi stakeholder and interdisciplinary action will be facilitated to develop holistic practice.

The workshops are aimed at:

…Design professionals
…Design educators
…Other professionals working within the sustainability arena
…Design and other post-graduates
Socio-preneurs and eco-preneurs
…Social and commercial enterprise managers
…Sustainability managers or officers

There are 8 scheduled workshops with workshop 9 FREE to any participants in attendance to the previous workshops. Student rates are available.

Workshop 1 Eco-efficiency & Eco-effectiveness, 01 May 2009

The Venue: Hub King’s Cross, 34b York Way, London, N1 9AB, UK
Tel: +44(0)20 7841 3450

Visit the website for further information

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

DIY Designer Clothing and Accessories

The Guardian and The Observer have launched a DIY Eco Fashion section online

They have collaborated with designers to create step-by-step "how to" guides illustrated with beautiful photographs taking the maker on a journey of marking out, cutting and sewing to create bespoke fashion and accessories.

Allowing you to make your own:

Celia Birtwell stencil print bag
Jade Jagger bracelet
Stephen Jones hat
Vivienne Westwood dress

This offers insights into the design process and allows consumers to create bespoke goods at affordable prices. The hands on approach also allows us to engage in craft and DIY at a time when we are questioning our consumption, providing an alternative to mass produced goods that don’t cost a fortune. Its also a great example of open source fashion allowing designs to be downloaded and re-created independently.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Aurélie in Milan - 22/27 of April

Extraordinary Wallpapers by Aurélie Mossé, photo: M. Fuzeau-Quesnel

Spring without a visit to the Milan Furniture Faire Trade is not really spring ! And this year you have a more than good reason to come as I am exhibiting my extraordinary wallpapers - a collection of wallpapers to sculpt-, with Puff and Flock on the stand of Designers Blocks from 22 till 27th of April.

For all the details, please check here !