Designer Donna Wilson will be joined by contemporary craft expert Martina Margetts and textile artist Freddie Robins to discuss the trials and tribulations of living a creative life.
They’ll talk about the role of risk in creativity, what happens when you lose your spark, and what keeps you going, and will consider the intersection of craft and commercialism.
The discussion will last for around 50-60 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Refreshments will be provided.
Donna Wilson is celebrating fifteen years of designing, manufacturing and distributing her curious creatures, luxurious lambswool cushions, knitwear and home accessories from her East London studio. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and has been exhibited at Somerset House, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The British Embassy. Collaborating with the likes of John Lewis and Mamas and Papa’s, in 2010 Donna was awarded the coveted accolade of Designer of the Year at Elle Decoration’s British Design Awards. Drawing much of her inspiration from her childhood growing up on a farm in Aberdeenshire, her love of the countryside has influenced her to use texture and organic forms in her work. As a forerunner of the contemporary craft movement, Donna has always remained true to her principles, using traditional techniques and UK-based suppliers wherever possible, helping to support Britain’s dwindling manufacturing trades.
Freddie Robins is an artist who challenges our perception of knitting, her practice crossing the boundaries of art, design and craft. She exhibits extensively, most recently at Collyer Bristow Gallery, London and M100, Odense, Denmark. She has worked in private and public collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum. She studied at Middlesex Polytechnic (1984-87) and the Royal College of Art (1987-89) where she is now Senior Tutor and Reader in Textiles.
Martina Margetts is a writer, lecturer and curator on the culture of contemporary craft. She was formerly Editor of Crafts and Senior Tutor in Critical & Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art. Following a British Council research visit to South East Asia, she will speak on textiles and globalisation at the Design History Society conference in New York in September.
This event is part of Donna Wilson’s 15th year celebration at London Design Festival. For more information visit: https://www.donnawilson.com/15th-birthday-pop-up-ldf