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Collaborative Kaleidoscope 2017 – Overview

Making Lewes’s autumn 2017 series of talks turned into an impromptu mini-festival, though happening over a longer than usual six-week time frame. The title referred to Making Lewes’s range of themes encompassed by the talks. The six evening events, running from late September through to early November, were hosted in Lewes’s newest arts venue, Fitzroy House. A one-time Victorian library, by George Gilbert Scott – architect of St Pancras Station Hotel – its Neo-Gothic atmosphere is particularly powerful in the main octagonal library room where the talks were held.

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We welcomed Anne Mette Hjortshøj all the way from the Baltic Sea island, Bornholm, known across Europe as a centre for crafts and particularly, ceramics.

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Anne Mette’s warmly appealing talk, about her and the island’s pottery traditions, told with a lightness of touch easily won over the Lewes audience.  Alongside Anne Mette, Lewes’s very own Tanya Gomez  gave an equally absorbing talk about her ceramic works and the connections with the sea and traveling. Both speakers were part of the larger Making Lewes – Collaborative Kaleidoscope launch event, mixing a sit-down vegetarian supper in between talks, along with a showcase exhibition of invited Sussex potters titled Cooked, Baked and Fired Again.

 

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Our next two evenings were given over to architects, though very different types of architects. Nabeel Hamdi is internationally recognised in the development field for his work on participatory processes and community engagement in housing and other building projects in many parts of the developing world. Hamdi’s talk, titled Building a Humanitarian Architecture: Deciding Interventions, was lapped up by an audience of committed Lewesians.

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The following week Duncan Baker-Brown, Lewes’s very own high profile eco-architect and one half of BBM Sustainable Architecture, packed Fitzroy House out so that we were having to turn folks away even before the evening started. The night was in effect a book launch for his recently published The Re-Use Atlas, ML partnering with Baker-Brown. The talk profiled projects across different – if primarily European – parts of the world, which are leading the way towards realising the circular economy, through re-use, upcycling and Cradle-to-Cradle approaches to sustainability. The audience were sent home dreaming of how Lewes might also, maybe actually really,enact one or two of these inspiring examples.

 

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Following on from the Baker-Brown evening, ML temporarily rehoused itself in Studio Hardie’s workshop at the far end of the Phoenix Estate for a double bill of woody related evening talks. This again was a partnership, this time with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum. The two speakers were Fred Baier, one of the true originals of the furniture making and design world, and the young Polish artist, Anna Bera, who had literally just completed her art residency at the museum, the previous dat. Baier gave a characteristically one-off and unique window into his work and life, mixing comedy and gravitas and leaving the audience rolling in the ailses, and calling out for an encore. Before this Bera had talked in conversation with the British Council’s Gian Luca Amadeil. ML’s audience headed for home with a warm glow on their faces, and probably in their hearts as well.

 

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Earlier in the afternoon Bera and ML’s artist member Zuky Serper ran a very successful open Pop Up workshop in the Linklater Pavilion on the Railway Land Nature Reserve. Both artists have long worked with children, and it was particularly re-affirming to see and hear so many children with their parents, intently hammering, sawing, knocking and generally bashing away.

 

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Back in Fitzroy House, the fifth and penultimate of the talks was again all about children, though also about how children and adults can co-learn together. Emily Charkin from WIlderness Wood, talked about her and her lapsed architect partner Dan Morrish’s reason’s for taking over Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down and turning it into an experiment in open wild learning. Charkin’s Learning through Building talk made a persuasive case for the creativity and learning whichhappens when children – and adults – work, make, and build together in the outdoor without walls world. Charkin’s children, who she invited to also talk, spoke confidently about the experience from their perspectives, making a yet more persuasive case for wild learning happening down in the woods.

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Finally, all the way from Reykjavik, Iceland, Hans Johannsson, arrived to give a mind-expanding presentation on violin-making in the 21st century. The wild northern island’s principle luthier, Johannsson has also turned his attention to a series of experiments aimed at broadening the understanding of both what violins could be in the new century – why no art nouveau violin, why no modernist violin? He asked  – and answered universal questions about the nature of sound and tone. Johannsson, a master craftsman and maker, is an inspiring illustration of just how far one can go with radical sonic ideas and technologies, while maintaining a fundamental link with the craft, if the curiosity and culture of questioning is there. It may have been the most ambitious of the talks conceptually given over the six weeks, but it left those present thought-provoked about the role, nature and possibilities of what it means to be a maker or crafts-person, if imagination and a taste for adventure are present and willing.

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Hans Johannsson – Icelands 21st Century Violin Maker – Nov 3rd

Join us on Friday for the last of this years Collaborative Kaleidoscope talks series, from Icelandic stringed instrument maker, Hans Johannson.

November 3rd8pm at Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD

All the way from Reykjavik, Iceland, Johannson is the country’s principal luthier and violin-maker, and is the last speaker in the Living and working in the capital Johannsson has been practicing his music instrument craft since completing studies and training at Britain’s principal Newark School of Violin Making.

Alongside traditional violin making, Johannsson’s music and sonic interests are broad. He has developed a series of Twenty First century violins and other experimental stringed instruments, collaborating with fellow Icelandic artists and musicians, including Olafur Eliasson, and his son Ulfur Hansson, and is involved in various experimental acoustics research projects.

In association with Fourth Door 

Emily Charkin – Wilderness Wood – Learning through Building – 27th OCT

October 27th8pm at Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD

Emily Charkin is one half of the husband and wife partnership, who have turned Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down, Sussex, into an inspirational and thriving centre for children and adults to learn and work together.

Charkin will explore the educational value of the experience of co-making and building for both children and adults, alongside Wilderness Wood’s place within the radical education tradition.  For anyone interested in active learning beyond the classroom walls and school gates.

Talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)

Fred Baier & Anna Bera – Furniture Art & Wood Design – Oct 20th

This week we bring you two woody talks, continuing our Collaborative Kaleidoscope series, with invited speakers who have both used wood in pioneering and unusual ways. This time though (and appropriately), we will be hosting at the Studio Hardie workshop.

October 20th, 7pm – 9.30pm at Studio Hardie, Phoenix Works, Lewes BN7 2PE (map

* Please note Studio Hardie is a workshop and not a heated arts venue. Wear warm clothes!

Furniture maker & artist Fred Baier’s work is as individual and flamboyant as the man himself. Starting off in woodwork, Baier has been traveling a singular path, one foot in the 3D design world, the other in ‘Dan Dare’ meets Roxy Music Space Age retro-futurism. With his pioneering use of Computer Aided Design (CAD-CAM) in the 1980’s, Baier has been at the forefront of fusing together analogue and digital making, and taking wood based furniture design places others don’t.

With characteristic oddball panache Baier’s has titled his talk Form Swallows Function – crossing the analogue/digital divide. Miss it at your peril.

Anna Bera is the young artist-in-residence at Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum, as part of their autumn exhibition, New Truth to Materials: Wood where – by the time she speaks on Friday – she will have just completed an artwork inspired by materials and place.

From Poland, Bera is particularly interested in natural materials, and has worked using wood on her Wild Children projectsBera will be in conversation with Gian Luca Amadei from the Architecture Design Fashion team at British Council in London.

The talks are in partnership with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum.
Cover image: Anna Bera. photo: Emilia Oksentowicz

Wild Children & Wonky Toys Workshop – Oct 20th

October 20th, 3.30 – 5.30pm at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Land, Lewes BN7 2FG (map)

All are welcome to Wonky Toys & Wild Children. A wooden toy making workshop for children accompanied by an adult, and adults nursing their inner child. The workshop is led by Zuky Serper and Anna Bera, following Serper’s popular workshop in the Turkish Baths during Make Lewes Festival 2016.

The workshop is in partnership with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum, and is part of Making Lewes’s Collaborative Kaleidoscope series of events. Booking available here.

Cover image by Zuky Serper

Collaborative Kaleidoscope Sept 29th – Nov 3rd

This autumn Making Lewes presents Collaborative Kaleidoscope, a series of events celebrating the richness and diversity of local, national and global makers. Fridays 29th September – 3rd November

Launch event – Cooked, Baked and Fired Again

Friday September 29th 18.30 prompt at Fitzroy House, Lewes BN7 2AD

Sit-down vegetarian supper and showcase of ceramics by invited East Sussex potters.

Talks by ceramicists – Anne Mette Hjortshoj from Bornholm, Denmark and Tanya Gomez from Lewes.

Tickets £22.50 (includes vegetarian mezze supper, cake and a complimentary drink) Pay bar available. Book online through eventbrite.co.uk search makinglewes. Or click the link.

Ceramics showcase open to the general public Saturday, September 30th, 11–16.00. All items for sale

Collaborative Kaleidoscope continues with talks and workshops. All talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)

Nabeel Hamdi – development & social architecture

20.00, Friday October 6 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Duncan Baker-Brown (Lewes) – materials re-use and circular economy

20.00, Friday October 13 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Fred Baier + Anna Bera – furniture making and wood design

19.00, Friday October 20 at Studio Hardie Lewes BN7 2PE

Wonky Toys and Wild Children children’s and family workshop

15.30 – 17.30, Friday October 20 at the Linklater Pavilion Lewes BN7 2FG

Emily Charkin, Wilderness Wood – Learning through building

20.00, Friday October 27 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD

Hans Johannson, (Iceland) – stringed instrument and violin maker

20.00, Friday November 3 at Fitzroy House BN7 2AD


Speakers and event info in more depth

September 29th – Anne Mette and Tanya Gomez

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Anne Mette Hjortshøj is one of Bornholm’s leading potters, the Danish Baltic Sea island with a worldwide ceramics and craft culture reputation.

Tanya Gomez  – Over the last ten years Gomez has been developing a dedicated following for her ceramic work, gaining recognition nationally and was a recent recipient of an Arts Council Grant for a showcase piece at this years Crafts Council’s Collect Open show.

October 6th – Nabeel Hamdi

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Hamdi is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Development at Oxford Brookes University. Hamdi’s focus is social, urban housing and international development and is known across the development sector. He has provisionally titled his talk Building a Humanitarian architecture: Deciding Interventions.

October 13th – Duncan Baker-Brown

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Baker-Brown is a co-founder of the respected Lewes based BBM Sustainable Design studio, architect of the Wastehouse, (which highlights re-use and recycling in building materials), and author of recently published The Re-Use Atlas. The evening is centred around his new book.

October 20th Fred Baier, Furniture Maker + Anna Bera

(at Studio Hardie, Phoenix Works, Lewes BN7 2PE)

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Fred Baier – Internationally renowned furniture maker, Baier pioneered the use of computer aided design in furniture making in the 1980’s, and has been at the forefront of drawing together analogue and digital making in the decades since. Baier’s talk is titled Form Swallows Function – crossing the analogue/digital divide.

Anna Bera, Polish artist and the British Councilʼs European programmes manager Gian Luca Amadei in conversation.

Bera is Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft current artist-in-residence as part of their autumn exhibition, New Truth to Materials: Wood. From Poland, Bera is particularly interested in natural materials, and has worked using wood on her Wild Children projects.

October 20th – 15.30 – 17.30 – Wonky Toys and Wild Children Workshop

(at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Ln, Lewes BN7 2FG)

An ‘all are welcome’ Wonky Toys workshop for children accompanied by an adult led by Lewes artist Zuky Serper  with Anna Bera, reprising Zuky’s very successful workshop during the Make Lewes Festival 2016 in the Turkish Baths.

The workshop and talks evening are in partnership with Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum

October 27th Emily Charkin

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Charkin is one half of the partnership, who have turned Wilderness Wood in Hadlow Down into an inspirational centre for children and adults to learn together through outdoor self-building and making. With extensive educational experience Charkin’s talk will explore the educational value of making and building for children and Wilderness Wood’s place within the radical education tradition.

November 3rd– Hans Johannsson

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Johannson is Iceland’s principal stringed instrument and violin-maker, living and working in Reykjavik. Alongside the craft of traditional violin making, Johannsson has also developed a series of twenty first century violins and other stringed instruments, collaborating with fellow Icelandic artists and musicians, including Olafur Eliasson.

For further information email info@makinglewes.org

Duncan Baker-Brown – The Re-Use Atlas book launch – Oct 13th

Making Lewes’s Collaborative Kaleidoscope teams up with local architect Duncan Baker-Brown for the Lewes launch of his new book The Re-Use Atlas.

October 13th, 8pm at Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD

The Re-Use Atlas is an up to the minute repository of information, knowledge and working examples of materials re-use, signposting where the Circular Economy is heading. The Atlas follows on from Baker-Brown’s award winning Wastehouse project, the first building comprising (almost) entirely re-used and re-cycled materials, and  located at the South Eastern edge of Brighton University’s Grand Parade site.

Baker-Brown is one half of BakerBrownMcKay Sustainable Design, along with joint founder and director Ian McKay. The practice has produced a long string of exemplar sustainably designed buildings in and around the town.

For the Friday evening talk, Baker-Brown has invited Transition Town Lewes’s (and Lewes Phoenix Rising) Juliet Oxborrow to chair the evening, and has brought together a panel comprising Prof. Graeme Brooker (Head of Programme Interior Design at the Royal College of Art), Prof. Anne Boddington (Interim Dean  of Kingston School of Art, Professor of Design) Nick Gant (Principal Lecturer, Founder Community 21, Brighton University School of Architecture and Design), Bryn Thomas from Brighton Permaculture Trust and Making Lewes’s Oliver Lowenstein.

For those interested in the sustainable buzz around the Circular Economy the launch should make for a thought provoking evening.

Talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)
Cover photo: The Living’s Local, Sustainable, 10,000 Brick Mushroom Tower at MoMA PS1. Photo: Andrew Nunes

 

 

 

 

Nabeel Hamdi – Building a Humanitarian architecture – Oct 6th

Collaborative Kaleidoscope continues with a Social & Development Architecture talk from Nabeel Hamdi.

October 6th, 8pm at Fitzroy House, 10 High Street, Lewes BN7 2AD

Hamdi is an architect and development specialist, with an international reputation for his work in the spheres of social and community participation, housing and urban development. Hamdi is Emeritus professor of Oxford Brookes University Centre for Development and Emergency Practice. Both his work and books, including Small Change, have significantly influenced the current new wave of development focused architects, such as Anna Heringer  and this year’s Serpentine Pavilion designer, Francis Kere .

Making Lewes is pleased to welcome Hamdi to Lewes, where his talk, titled Building a Humanitarian architecture: Deciding Interventions, continues our humanitarian architecture themed evenings, which began with World on the Move during last years Make Lewes Festival 2016. It promises to be a fascinating evening.

This Fridays talk is also another fantastic opportunity to visit the recently opened Fitzroy house, Lewes’s newest Arts Centre.

Fitzroy House, designed by George Gilbert Scott, was built in 1862. This striking example of Victorian Neo-Gothic architecture became the town’s first library between 1897 and 1956.

Talks are free though with a £5 suggested donation (to support continuing Making Lewes programming)
Cover photo: Anna Heringer – METI school, Bangladesh.

 

MAKE LEWES FESTIVAL 2016 24th Sept – 2nd Oct

Make Lewes Festival is back with its most ambitious Festival, expanding and extending our first two festivals, focusing on the crossovers between architecture, sustainability, design and making.

Once again we are hosting a lively schedule of Exhibitions, Symposia, Experiments, Workshops and more…

24th September – 2nd October

Full schedule of events available here 


EVENTS INCLUDE:

Making Digital Craft

29th September – 2nd October, 10.00 – 17.00 – Foundry Gallery, Lewes. (map)

Symposium and related exhibitions, demonstrations, workshops and events.

New Vernaculars for a New Century

29th September – 2nd October, 10.00 – 17.00, Turkish Baths, Lewes (map)

Exhibition & Symposium Including: Adam Richards, architect of the Ditchling Arts + Crafts Museum

Kinship III  Workshop

25th – 28th September

MLF’s design & make workshop returns with an ambitious new  challenge co-led by Studio Hardie’s William Hardie and tangentfield’s Sally Daniels

Kinship III – Geodesics Talk

25th September 19.30 – 21.30, Turkish Baths, Lewes. (map)

As part of the Kinship III workshop architect Kristoffer Tejlgaard will be giving a public talk on his use of geodesics in the 21st century context.

Collaborative Collisions II

24 – 25th September 10.00 – 17.00, The Foundry, Lewes. (map

MLF’s second Collaborative Collisions will mix up a new set of makers and materials.

Makers Talks Evening

Friday 30th 19.30 – 21.30, Studio Hardie 1, Lewes. (map)

Hosting locally and nationally recognised makers & crafts people, including Ewan Clayton, one of the country’s best known calligrapher’s.

Collaborative Conversations

Friday 30th September, 12:00 – 17:00, Studio Hardie 1, Lewes (map)

A regional crafts symposium organised in partnership with CraftNet and the Crafts Council.

World on the Move

1st October, 19.30 – 22.00, Turkish Baths, Lewes (map)

Humanitarian and Emergency architecture projects from Kigali to Calais. With Julian Belart French student architect working in the Calais Jungle and Nerea Eloyduy co-founder of Active Social Architecture.

Digital DIY Workshop

1st October 11am, Foundry Gallery, Lewes. (map)

This workshop is for anyone involved in making or creativity using traditional or digital tools, creative software for making music or graphics, websites for learning skills or sharing projects, such as Etsy, Youtube, or Instructables.

Making Ground Exhibition

29th September – 2nd October, Foundry Gallery, North Street, Lewes (map)

Making Ground is an Arts Council funded collaborative interdisciplinary project exploring site-specific making at a disused brickworks in Sussex.

Southbank Architecture Student Exhibition

29th – 2nd October, 10.00 – 17.00 – Foundry Gallery, North Street, Lewes. (map)

This exhibition highlights the results of second and third year architecture students from South Bank University whose 2015/16 project used Lewes as it’s context.


FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

 Thursday 29th September

10.00 – 15.00 – *Shelter Build at the Lewes New School with architect Ursula McGeoch.

* Children ages 7 and above welcome if accompanied by an adult. Contact the New School for further details T. 01273 477074

10.00 – 17.00 – New Vernaculars for a New Century at the Turkish Baths

10.00 – 17.00 – Making Digital Craft exhibitions at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Off Cuts by The Colour of Hair at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Making Ground exhibition at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – London Southbank Architecture student exhibitionLewes at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Hands On Books – Book Binders and Book Artists exhibition at Lewes library.


Friday 30th September

10.00 – 17.00 – New Vernaculars for a New Century at the Turkish Baths

10.00 – 17.00 – Making Digital Craft exhibitions at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Off Cuts by The Colour of Hair at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Making Ground exhibition at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – London Southbank Architecture student exhibition Lewes at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Hands On Books – Book Binders and Book Artists exhibition at Lewes library.

12.00 – 17.00 – Collaborative Conversations at Studio Hardie

19.30 – 22.00 – Makers Talks Evening at Studio Hardie


Saturday 1st October

10.00 – 16.00 – Star Brewery Open Workshops at the Star Brewery

10.00 – 17.00 – New Vernaculars for a New Century  at the Turkish Baths

10.00 – 17.00 – Making Digital Craft exhibitions at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Off Cuts by The Colour of Hair at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Making Ground exhibition at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – London Southbank Architecture student exhibition Lewes at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Hands On Books – Book Binders and Book Artists exhibition at Lewes library.

11.00 – 13.00 – Digital DIY Workshop, research workshop into what makes makers tick

14.00 – 17.30 – Making Digital Craft symposium at the Foundry 

19.30 – 22.00 – World on the Move, Emergency and Humanitarian Architecture from Calais to Rwanda at the Turkish Baths


 Sunday October 2nd

10.00 – 17.00 – New Vernaculars for a New Century  at the Turkish Baths

10.00 – 17.00 – Making Digital Craft exhibitions at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Off Cuts by The Colour of Hair at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – Making Ground exhibition at the Foundry

10.00 – 17.00 – London Southbank Architecture student exhibition Lewes at the Foundry

14.00 – 17.30 – New Vernaculars for a New Century Symposium at the Turkish Baths 

For more information email: info@makinglewes.org


Cover Image: Clem Blakemore’s Project Lacey Green. Photo: Guan Lee

 

 

 

Star Brewery open workshops

Saturday 1st October, 10 am – 4pm

Star Brewery Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes BN7 1YJ

Situated in the centre of Lewes occupying the former Beard’s brewery building, Star Brewery is home to over 20 small businesses. Originally earmarked for development in the 1980s, the building was saved by a group of local artists as affordable workshops for artists, designers and makers.

As part of the Making Lewes festival the following studios will be open, giving visitors the opportunity to see the makers at work.

Studio 1 – Naomi Edwards – Sculpture and casting

Studio 2a – Cameron Mobbs – Luthier

Studio 7 – Nick Benjamin – Hand made and acoustic guitars

Studio 9 – Amelia Rowcroft – Sculpture

Studio 10 – Mille Saisons – Fashion design

Studio 13 – Star Pottery – ceramics

Studio 12 – Bookbinders of Lewes – Hand bookbinding

Studio 22 – Abby Mosseri – Jewellery