EXHIBITIONS & COLLABS

CLERKENWELL
DESIGN WEEK 2022

MAY 2022

Patagonian and London based Cindy Lilen Studio will be exploring Patagonian crafts with its new collection this May at Clerkenwell Design Week. Clerkenwell Light + Rising Stars venue will be the place for the launch of “Aimé”, a collection of lightened textile sculptures inspired by Patagonian communities and crafts. Reflecting the spirit of one of the most isolated areas in the world through natural fibres and a variety of techniques, Cindy Lilen Studio will be showcasing its first big-scale sculptural work. “Aimé” is a name in the Mapuche language that means reddish sunset. This collection comprises three unique textile lamps knotted by hand using pure cotton and merino wool intertwining Mapuche tales, sounds, landscapes, and stories. Aimé is a poem to those that shaped the identity of Patagonia. Cindy Lilen Studio creates custom-made jewellery for interiors with an emphasis on original design and quality craftsmanship. The studio offers a unique and tailored approach to every client adding the studio essence to every piece.

Venue address: House of Detention, 12 Sans Walk, EC1R 0AS (Please note this venue does not have disabled access, due to the nature of this 19th century underground building)

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DEATH & ATTRACTION BOOK LAUNCH

Exhibition where a Latin American collective invite to re-think who determines the North. Private view: 10th of September 6pm at Exposed Arts Projects.
‘It has been two centuries, twice a hundred years since independence and nonetheless the vestiges of colonisation still remain…’ comments Tere Chad, the curator of Neo Norte. Neo Norte is an exhibition that proposes the south as the new north. The show opens up the debate about the dominance of Eurocentric curatorial practices, and how this impact cultures that remain behind. The proposal reflects about why, at times, there appears to exist a pejorative against Latin American art. In response, Neo Norte invites to a dialogue of ethnic, folkloric, and western artworks in the same space.
The artworks showcased during this exhibition are inspired by broad topics, such as: cultural syncretism, migrations as creative destructions that can open doors for new opportunities, shamanism from a Pre-Columbian and western perspective, and last but not least, the contrast between digital and physical materiality in the old and the new continent.

Exposed Arts Project 12 Sep- 22 Oct

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NEO NORTE 2.0

Exhibition where a Latin American collective invite to re-think who determines the North. Private view: 10th of September 6pm at Exposed Arts Projects.
‘It has been two centuries, twice a hundred years since independence and nonetheless the vestiges of colonisation still remain…’ comments Tere Chad, the curator of Neo Norte. Neo Norte is an exhibition that proposes the south as the new north. The show opens up the debate about the dominance of Eurocentric curatorial practices, and how this impact cultures that remain behind. The proposal reflects about why, at times, there appears to exist a pejorative against Latin American art. In response, Neo Norte invites to a dialogue of ethnic, folkloric, and western artworks in the same space.
The artworks showcased during this exhibition are inspired by broad topics, such as: cultural syncretism, migrations as creative destructions that can open doors for new opportunities, shamanism from a Pre-Columbian and western perspective, and last but not least, the contrast between digital and physical materiality in the old and the new continent.

Exposed Arts Project 12 Sep- 22 Oct

4-6 Drayson Mews W8 4LY

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WORKSHOPS
&
MASTERCLASSES

As studio and craftivists that we are trying to be, we run workshops about understanding unwritten textile languages as a social tool for our society to keep identities and cultures alive and improve through the making process well-being to the practitioners.

CLAPHAM PARK CREATIVE & 

COUNTER POINTS

Ancestral textile techniques as a means of self-expression.

Does a universal language exist? Explore self-expression through the unwritten language of textiles. Through her hand-made textiles pieces, Cindy looks for ways that can make humans interact and communicate in a better way and rescues the most important aspects from ancestral techniques and lost languages to give them a contemporary form to engage with.

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MEMORY THREADS- POST-GRAD INTEREST GROUP- KHIPU WORKSHOP

Khipu is an Inca language made of knots, it has never been fully translated but it teaches us the importance of communication beyond words. The ability for humans to communicate with all their senses is being lost and with it their capacity to develop empathy and a mindfulness state.

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UAL LECTURE
CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS/CHELSEA COLLEGE OF ART:
DESIGN WITH INTENTION/SYSTEMIC CHANGE

HOW TO COCREATE A SYSTEMIC CHANGE? 

By animaná & Hecho Por Nosotros sharing the vision of systemic change in the fashion industry with students and sustainability experts in the design faculty at London’s Central Saint Martins and Chelsea College of Arts- UAL.
 

Today the crisis we’re in shows us that we’ve exceeded nature’s limits. But even though the path to a solution won’t be simple, we must join together to find ways to transform companies into tools that support and promote wellbeing.
The only way to do this is to look within ourselves and find strength that allows us to adapt, overcome our fears, and break through tendencies toward acquiescence and complacency. In doing so, we are confident we will find new ways to produce and consume – ways that will bring us full circle to our ancestors’ time and allow us once again to be respectful to all that the Earth has given us.

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BOOK A WORKSHOP

Need ideas for a creative PR event? Do you want to offer a day of reflection and disconnection to your team? Do you want to create beautiful pieces to decorate your house or just fancy to know a bit more about traditional textile techniques? 

Our crafts & Well-being workshops can be part of team-building days, promotional events, Christmas parties, charity functions, blogger events, and more. 

Unwritten: How to understand the world from an haptic point of view

Many ancestral communities did not have a written language. The way they recorded and shaped their legacy was mainly through crafts. We will experience how can we explore the world beyond words and how using our hands can be the connection to wisdom and knowledge.

Light-up your life

By using Macrame and ancestral knotting techniques we will create a hand-made LED lamp for your own space. 1 or 2 sessions available.

Hand-crafted jewellery

Put your soul and feelings into a piece of textile jewellery made by you. Let's make that piece that reflects your inner self.

Block print and carving

Create your own design and carve it on a block to print it on either fabrics or paper.  Improve your carving and printing skills. 

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A workshop can be for:

* Virtual event experiences  *  Alternative Christmas function  *  Promotional events  *  Team Building Activities  *  Bespoke Functions  *  Influencer Experiences  *  Do something different with your friends

Contact us to begin developing your craft workshop, master class, or experience concept to get a bespoke quote. You can choose from the workshops above or we can tailor one just for you.

How it works:

1) Contact us with your enquiry, including your preferred date, time and location. Corporate event and parties run all week. We come to you anywhere within the UK

2) Choose your experience and date

3) Once your activity and date are confirmed, we will require a 20% non-refundable booking deposit to secure your booking. We then require final payment and numbers 4 weeks prior to your event.

4) Relax and just wait for the big day!