Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine
The Cat Ring’s finally out of the bag! We’re delighted to announce our touring Crafts Council exhibition, Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine. Immerse yourself in 20 years of laser cut acrylic jewellery, designed and handmade in the UK, founded by Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine in 1999.
Misshapes will feature over 100 objects, starting at the very beginning by showcasing jewellery created from found objects and early printed leather accessories - hands up if you’ve still got your Piano Belt, as worn by conceptual artist Cindy Sherman! As for our first ever acrylic jewellery, well… we’ve dug deep in the archive, called a few friends and raided our own collection to find very early designs, cut to order in glamourous Shoreditch when we acquired our very own laser cutter in 2002. Did you know we still reside at 236 Brick Lane as a busy studio and store space, 19 years later? That’s a whole lot of Dog on Wheels Necklaces, phew!
We get by with a little help from our friends, so of course, you’ll be able to cast your eye over collaborations with the Fawcett Society: the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality, craft superstar Poppy’s Papercuts and fellow East End-based artist, Rob Ryan, to name just a few of our joint projects.
Ever found yourself pondering over the Parakeet Necklace's wingspan or wondering how the Kimono Bloom Statement Necklace blossomed? Get set to discover the inner workings of Harriet’s mind, with sketchbooks detailing the initial idea right through to the finished object, suspended upon a custom stand right in front of you! Come face to face with those ‘tatty regrets’ and the ‘ones that got away’ and prepare to be wowed by wishlist wonders from 2000 to the present day.
Feast your eyes on top picks from our 5000 strong archive, immerse yourself in unconventional, truly inspiring design and shop NEW jewellery in celebration of #Tatty20 from July 20th at the Lethaby Gallery, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA.