Puff & Flock Workshops for DesignersBlock 2011

The Saturday the 24th of Tremendous Fun is a jam packed day for adults and children alike with ice cream inspired workshops from the Somethings Lab, an inspirational talk from the creator of the wonderful Wren Bikes and another opportunity to make some inspired jewellery with Retrouve. Many of our workshoppers are selling their products in the Puff Up souvenir shop in the courtyard so please stop by and take a look!
Don't forget for free entry into DesignersBlock, which runs from Thurs 22nd - Sunday 25th, register here before the 21st September.

Saturday the 24th of Tremendous Fun 

Who: Wren Bicycles round the table lunchtime talk
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 
How Many: 10-15,  booking not essential but welcome.
Wren Bicycle
Wren Bicycles is a new British brand based in London, founded by designer and cyclist Peter Richardson. With the launch of the first model this year Wren Bicycles seek to address the requirements of the modern city cyclist without compromising on aesthetics or functionality.

Peter will be hosting a short round the table talk introducing the brand and discussing the original design inspiration, how the design was developed and the story of how the project was brought into production. 

A Wren bike will also be on display in the Puff Up souvenir shop for the duration of the show.


The Somethings Lab presents the Eyes Cream Lab 
Time: 11:30am - 1pm and 3:30 - 4:30pm
How Many: Drop in, first come first serve, booking not essential


Grown ups go to Design Week to see fresh ideas and treat themselves with creative eye candy. This year, the playful design studio Somethings Lab will create the same effect on the little ones.

Eyes Cream Lab is a playful workshop that invites kids to create their very special ice cream with character as crazy as their imagination will allow: there will be paper cones, fluffy non edible ingredients and super power flavours. You just need to bring yourself, your imagination, a good taste and eye for design.
Everyone welcomed, from 4 years old to 100 years old (health and safety - small pieces should not be eaten!).

The Somethings Lab is a toy design and research studio based in London composed by playful textile designer and member of Puff & Flock, Amélie Labarthe and toy designer Matteo Oliveri. The studio works in the field of “play and learn” by designing contemporary creations and using characters as a means of empathetic communication with the user.


Retrouve - Re-make/Re-model Jewellery Workshops
Time: 11am-1pm and 4-6pm, (Also see Friday 23rd)
How Many: Max 6 - booking essential


Want to learn how to mend or re-style your costume jewellery? Our workshop will provide you with basic skills and guidance on how to up-cycle your broken or out moded jewellery into something you'll love. We will supply all findings necessary and you can choose from a selection of components and beads for your design. Participants are encouraged to bring their own jewellery to the workshop to work with, though starter packs will be provided. Guidance on techniques will be given by your tutor including handouts for you to practice your newfound skills at home. From catwalk to closet we will show you how to take inspiration from designers using trend boards to interpret high-end designs and create your own Retrouve piece. No previous jewellery making experience is necessary as you will be shown basic beading and jewellery making skills on the day.

A donation of £5 will be asked for to cover material costs.

Retrouve was established in 2009 by Jo Whelan. With its make-do-and-mend philosophy Retrouve is both eco-friendly and stylish, creating pieces combining salvaged vintage and mass-produced jewellery into unique statement pieces. In our current consumer culture objects that are out of fashion or broken are disposed of often in environmentally irresponsible ways. Retrouve jewellery uses recycled elements where possible (except earring posts). 

TO BOOK: http://puffandflockjewelleryworkshop.eventbrite.com/

Who: Lucie Libotte - Splintering Crockery, Interactive Wallpaper
Time: 2-6 (See also Sunday 25th)
How Many: Drop in, booking not essential  

Splintering Crockery
 Lucie is a designer focusing on transforming walls. Interactivity is a main key of the process allowing various types of navigation, assembly and/or contribution to the work going far beyond purely psychological activity. Each observer makes his own interpretation of the work and it may be completely different to another observer's views. It is important people participate providing an input in order to determine the outcome.

‘Splintering Crockery' is a work based on the notion of public space considered as a social space open and accessible to all. It is an interactive wallpaper redefining the concept of puzzles through a deconstruction and reconstruction process. By creating patterns and shapes that interact with the audience, the purpose is to create a new perception of environments.

Lucie will be in the Puff & Flock / DesignersBlock workshop space Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 2pm giving you the chance to play and create your own wallpaper with sets of ‘Textile’ tiles. 

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