Show Me How - Ethical Jewellery & DIY Household Products

Thu 17 September, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Venue: Market Town Corner


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Back by popular demand, Show Me How returns for one final practical making session!

Join us for the last of the Show Me How making sessions initiated by artist Ania Bas to explore the value of local manufacturing, sharing, co-working, and co-operation. As we wave a sad goodbye to the project, we will be running an evening of not one but two practical making sessions, led by local makers and accompanied by refreshments and the opportunity to discuss ideas and issues around making and co-working.

These sessions represent the culmination of the knowledge and skills sharing that has been taking place throughout the project, as participants from previous sessions now become the teachers and step forward to share their own skills.

Session One: make an accessory or piece of jewellery with Mariana Rubino, the creative mind behind the ethical jewellery and accessories brand Beauty in Obsolescence, which strives to find new uses for 'obsolete' materials, thereby minimising their impact on the environment.

Session Two: make household products out of natural, everyday ingredients with Emma Ward, a single mum and part-time postgraduate student in Linguistics, who creates inexpensive natural alternative to chemical-filled, expensive commercial products.

Each session will last an hour, and both are FREE to attend.


November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

November 2018

'Co-working with Things': Exhibition Preview

Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

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Join us for the opening of Assunta Ruocco's 'Co-Working with Things' in the Martin Hall Exhibition Space on Wednesday 14th November, from 4-6pm. Wine and refreshments provided, and the artist and curator will be present to discuss the work.

An exhibition of artistic research conducted as part of the practice-based PhD project ‘Co-working with Things. How Furnished Spaces Contribute to the Emergence of Artworks’, supervised by Gillian Whiteley and­­­­ Eleanor Morgan, within Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama. All prints were produced within SAED Printmaking Workshop with the help and advice of printmaking tutor Pete Dobson. Exhibition curated by David Bell, with support from Radar­.  


In 1947, artist Anni Albers urged us to consider ‘materials as our co-workers’. In so doing she invited us to develop new relationships with machines, tools, materials and working spaces. This exhibition explores how the things with which artists work can be seen as co-workers. All the artworks presented are based on simple sets of rules derived from what was possible within a particular, contingent context: working at home or in the printmaking workshop. The works are ongoing, and insist on labour intensive relationships with materials, tools and machines arranged within particular furnished spaces.

The most important aspect common to the works is that they are not autonomous pieces produced by an autonomous artist: their dependence on situations, contexts, equipment, and the willingness of others to do some of the work is written within the ‘code’ that structures their ongoing development. The modular installation Vertical Studio is formless, until someone helps to make it by arranging the elements. Aquatint Etchings is a series of double-sided, multi-layered prints: exhibiting them always involves outsourcing the process of deciding which print is visible, and which is concealed. To make the Photo-Etchings, I asked friends to select from thousands of drawings. Those chosen were then turned into a multiple through the complex photo-etching process which produces uncontrollable variations.

The myth of artistic autonomy is challenged by artworks that depend on contingent contexts and can only emerge from specific arrangements of things. Focusing on the role of things within furnished spaces also reveals the importance of maintenance activities that are not usually seen as part of artistic labour. It is the work of setting up and looking after spaces such as homes, studios and workshops that makes the emergence of new artworks possible.


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK

01509 222 948

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