30 Jan Craft Fellows: Design Challenge at Dual Works Design Studio
Zoe Robertson & Steve Snell
A partnership between MAC Birmingham and Craftspace
Design Challenge at Dual Works (Photo: Dual Works)
Dual Works invited the group to participate in a design and make challenge in their studio.
Having a full days workshop at the Dual Works was such a great experience and opportunity. A unique set-up in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, the design studio, showroom and school would be well at home in any creative district of London, making us very lucky to have such a place in the Midlands. Ran by multi-faceted-duo Zoe Robertson and Steve Snell, we began the day with an informative tour and talk on Dual Works: what is it, how it works, who uses it and why. It was especially interesting hearing about Robertson’s dynamic and unique practise, incorporating and combining music, performance, costume, installation, community, wearable art and fine art. This informed our challenge for the day – working as a group to develop a visual and audible performance using a range of materials and our bodies. We spent approximately an hour experimenting with plastic, metal, wood and fixings to create instruments, tools and wearables before working as a team to create a comprehensive performance incorporating patterns and messages. Zoe and Steve immediately saw the potential and processes behind our creations and were endlessly supportive and encouraging. We all agreed it was a genuinely fun and creative experience, and were inspired by these very talented and hardworking creatives.