Wow. What an incredibly hectic past few months… It’s nearly the end of September and with that, the UK Art and Design exhibition season is coming to a close. I can finally catch my breath and share my experiences from May onwards…
Clerkenwell Design Week
I had the honour of exhibiting my Kai chair as part of the And Then Design stand during Clerkenwell Design Week earlier this year. It was my first experience of CDW as both a visitor and exhibitor, so I must thank And Then Design for giving me the opportunity to be part of it.
Clerkenwell was a great experience, to be able to meet fellow designers – both big name and emerging talent – was great. Being fully aware that a small percentage of design-related jobs are actually advertised, with most vacancies being spread through word of mouth and personal recommendations, it was a great opportunity to get myself out there and network.
Threefold Degree Show
The University exhibition was another positive experience as the students were given the opportunity to help design the layout of the show. It was also the first time in Nottingham Trent University history that all three branches of the Product Design family (BA Furniture & Product Design, BA Product Design and Bsc Product Design) were all presented as a collective group.
It also provided a platform to showcase my concept phone, Sero too. After meeting lots of people and discussing the monotony of modern day rectangular smartphones, my circular shaped device went down well.
Following on from Clerkenwell and the Threefold Degree Show, I was fortunate enough to then be selected to exhibit Kai at New Designers 2014 with my University, Nottingham Trent. After my Clerkenwell experience, I was more prepared for this exhibition, taking down some CV’s to hand out in case I had the opportunity to speak to prospective employers there and then – after all, ‘fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’ as my old English teacher would tell me.
As New Designers lasted longer than CDW and as I was constantly manning the exhibition, I had more time and more opportunities to speak to people about my work. Overall, it was a great experience too that led to some exciting opportunities that would never have happened if I wasn’t there.
Particular highlights included being featured on the MADE instagram pages and having ICON magazine notice my work that ultimately led to being featured in October 2014’s issue.
A continuation of New Designers and my feature in ICON magazine – which can be viewed here – was being invited to partake in 100% Design as part of a specially curated show by Heloise Parke from the Aram Gallery.
Entitled ‘Graduate Designers of the Future’, the show was split into two sections – Production Ready and Maker/Innovator. As my Kai chairs had gone into production under And Then Design, they were naturally selected for the Production Ready section.
This was by far my biggest exhibition that I have been fortunate enough to participate in. As it has just finished too, I await to see what opportunities being part of 100% Design and therefore, London Design Festival too, creates.
Till the next update!