DETROIT DESIGNERS IN SCOTLAND FOR DUNDEE DESIGN FESTIVAL
Detroit based design studio Thing Thing has traveled to Scotland to take part in the Dundee Design Festival. Represented by Simon Anton and Rachel Mulder, Thing Thing is exhibiting in the UK for the first time. Detroit was the first American city to be named a UNESCO City of Design in 2015 in recognition of the city’s design legacy. Dundee, like Detroit, is working with the designation to help promote cultural and creative industries.
Situated on the East Coast of Scotland, Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design. The second Dundee Design Festival is situated in an empty factory in the city’s former mill district for a five-day programme of design-themed workshops, talks, film screenings and performances. Inspired by Dundee’s industrial heritage and the venue’s history as a jute mill and print works, the festival theme is ‘Factory Floor’ celebrating makers and their machines and the future of manufacturing.
For their project Here, There and Everywhere, Thing Thing has made a series of lamps by turning folded and inflated aluminium ‘pillows’ filled with shredded waste plastic over an open fire. The plastic is slowly melted then cooled before the foil mould is peeled off to reveal the hardened shape inside. The result is a colorfully marbled plastic objects made by hand.
Festival Curator and Producer, Siôn Parkinson explained how Thing Thing became part of the program: “The Dundee Design Festival reached out to the other UNESCO design cities with an invitation to be part of the Factory Floor space - the curator of the Detroit program suggested Thing Thing should apply." “It has been a joy to have Rachel and Simon here - their work is so relevant to our theme of factory, what does the factory of tomorrow look like and how do people work now. Visitors so far have really enjoyed their exhibition.”
Rachel said that she and Simon had received a warm welcome to Scotland:
“Dundee is a great city, we love it. Like Detroit, it is a post industrial city dealing with a change in economies. The issues our cities face are very similar."
“Sometimes the world of culture and design can seem far away from these issues but in actual fact art, culture and design is for everybody and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful things.
“It is wonderful that both Dundee and Detroit are using design and culture as a catalyst for positive change.”
Simon added: “We would love to come back to Dundee and spend more time here. It would be great to get the opportunity to host designers from Dundee in Detroit too.
“I definitely think that the connections designers make through the network of UNESCO design cities opens the eyes of each locations residents as to what they share in common, the relationships that can be formed and what we can learn from each other.”
Thing Thing’s exhibition is part of the Festival’s showcase of exciting design innovations in ceramics, furniture, interiors, textiles, jewellery, and healthcare design.
Anna Day, Manager of UNESCO City of Design, Dundee said: “At the Dundee Design Festival we’re waving a big flag, shouting about why Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design. It has been fantastic to welcome Rachel and Simon from Thing Thing - to celebrate our similar histories and to form new relationships which will help cement Dundee and Detroit as places where design and designers are supported and flourish.”
UK media coverage of Thing Thing’s visit to the Dundee Design Festival:
BBC News: Old and new worlds collide at 2017 Dundee Design Festival
Dundee Evening Telegraph: Thousands expected in Dundee for Design Festival
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37 S. Wabash Ave
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SPRING/BREAK ART SHOW
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Fl 23, Booth 2330
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MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios
421 NE 10th Ave.
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Read more about it HERE
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