‘Making and Unmaking’ at the Camden Arts Centre

Aug 10 2016 Tags: arts centre, Camden, Designer / Maker, London, Out & About, Textiles


The Making and Unmaking exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre curated by fashion designer Duro Olowu, is the transition into the autumn you have been looking to fall into.

Keep an eye out for two suspended textile pieces that became natural favourites for Tales of Thread. Kuba, a late 19 th century sable-coloured traditional shirt of handwoven raffia from the collection of world renowned Munich-based curator and art historian Okwui Enwezo, and yakshi, a tunic of hemp fibre, by Mrinalini Mukherje from the collection of curator Amrita Jhaveri.

Another show stopper includes a contribution by Yinka Shonibare MBE, Butterfly Kid II, a fairy-tale-like sculpture that encapsulates a blend of fantasy and precision as enrapturing as the inspirational creature itself, down to the child’s suit.

Making and Unmaking is more than an exhibition: the volume of artefacts and the diversity of collected mediums, time-frames and techniques, makes it a real treasure trove. From abstract pieces such as Polly Apfelbaum’s recurring Compulsory figures, photojournalism of the American occupation of Japan, and Vogue archives by Irving Penn, through painting, clothing and furniture, all spanning centuries.

Making and Unmaking is available at the Camden Arts centre, NW3, until Sunday September 18th 2016.

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