Press Release:
The Cass – Making Matters, an exhibition exploring the process of design and making

Making Matters, an exhibition exploring the process of designing and making work during The London Design Festival  

17 – 24 September 2016
Private View 22 September

The Cass Bank Gallery


Works by: Miranda Tongman, Keith Beckels and Sara Araca

As part of London Design Festival 2016 The Cass, London Metropolitan University presents Making Matters; an exhibition of design and making work. On display will be pieces by over thirty graduates and alumni from The Cass design studios.

Visitors to Making Matters can expect bold innovation, considered craft and material adventures. Disciplines displayed include fashion & textiles, furniture, interiors, jewellery, product and visual communications.

Faculty member Christopher Emmett, Head of Design and Vanja Bazdulj, Designer and Cass MA Alumna, curated the exhibition. They aimed to highlight the joyful journey from the conceptual phase to the finished product. The work ranges from the ground-breaking and experimental, through the highly functional, rational and effective to the exquisitely made and beautiful.

Talking about the exhibition Emmett said: “At The Cass we take our vocation of shaping the world through the things we design and make very seriously. We seek to create objects which benefit society as widely as possible, as well as taking pleasure in these forms of expression. We do this not only through the application of laboriously acquired skills, but also through risk-taking, experimentation and unlikely collaboration.

The works on show reveal the incredibly high standards of the work produced at the Cass, and they demonstrate the commitment of the School to its mission to offer opportunities for learning in these disciplines to the widest possible audience.”

The exhibits have been chosen from teaching studios led by leading practitioners including William Warren (Flesh on the Bones), Simone Ten Hompel (Adored Links), Peter Marigold (Harvest), Aimee McWilliams (C.O.D.E) and many others.

Exhibiting designers include: Sara Araca, Keith Beckles, Ray Brown, Vicky Cowin, Isabel Farchy, Marika Heikkila, Lucy Johnson, Chantelle Jones, Susan Kistner, Hannah Knoos, Julian Leedham,Josh Malby, Kajsa Malmström, Elise Mclauchlan, Stephen Mccombe, Diana Moon, Matteo Pacella, Max Randall, Ben Creswell Riol, Tara Robins, Alexandra Soboleva, Peter Stovin, Tim Summers, Anouar M Swed, Abbie Tipler, Miranda Tongeman, Chelsea Vivash and James Whittam.

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The Cass Bank Gallery
London Metropolitan University, 59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7PF

Opening Times
Monday-Friday 10.00am-6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am-5.00pm
Private View 22 September 6.00pm- 8.00pm

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Notes to Editors

The Cass
The Cass is the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University. It is one of four faculties within the University. The Cass teaches about 2500 students at Foundation, Degree and Postgraduate level at two buildings in Aldgate. Subjects include Animation, Architecture, Film Production, Fine Art, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery, Music Technology, Musical Instrument Making, Photography, Product Design and Textiles.

The Faculty also offers 200 short and professional development courses. There is a strong emphasis across the studios on socially engaged Architecture, Art and Design applied to both local and global contexts, a Faculty-wide interest in making and many projects focus on aspects of London. Students at The Cass are encouraged to learn through practice, experiment with process and gain real-world experience in both individual and collaborative projects, engaging with professionals, communities and companies.