If you love art and design then my fave city is currently under siege by art lovers from around the globe. This year Design Days Dubai has included craft under that umbrella.
Design Days Dubai is the first fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. Their goal is to present, both regional and internationally, the best of design to collectors and a wide audience of design enthusiasts.
The British Craft Council was invited to take part this year. The Crafts Council’s goal is to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft. For the first time, the British Crafts Council brough a group of leading UK-based contemporary craft makers to Design Days Dubai.
One of the craftsmen Max Lamb ran a workshop on a DIY Chair, making craft accessible to all. I went along, check out the pics below.
The workshop started with a demonstration: how to use a drill, read a piece of wood, to know which way to use it and if its got grain running in a certain way or a knot then you should turn it around so you’re not misusing the wood. As soon he showed us how to do it, everyone was so keen to get on. Nobody wanted to leave at the end of the workshop.
So how can you get involved with the British Craft Council at Design Days Dubai?
To find out everything you need to know about where to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft visit www.craftscouncil.org.uk and follow on Facebook and Twitter
I love supporting fledgling deisgners. Cheapnchic.net is all about creativity and supporting the handmade. The cARTel is an avant-garde independent boutique that houses unique pieces from international designers and artists in a permanent exhibit alongside Desert Fish Studio.
I couldn’t attend the opening event as I was hosting the launch of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai so instead I went to visit in my own time. I adore the “marketplace” feel of the space, with nooks for each designer to showcase
The best part is, you can purchase anything you like in the showroom!
I agree with the creators of the space that Dubai needed something between high street and high end, to cater to the avant-garde individualists.The stock is unconventional and it’s not for the faint-hearted but the space is very inspirational and worth a look at.
Just seeing the hand made finishes of the epaulettes and hats on sale or the seams of one-off pieces made me want to get my DIY on!
For more information you can head to www.thecartel.me.
The lovely people from Reiss Middle East invited me to view their Art of Fashion exhibition which perfectly matched the ethos of Cheapnchic.net.
“The Art of Fashion” took place at the exclusive ProArt Gallery in Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road. A select group of artists, graphic designers, painters, photographers and sculptors had been challenged to blur the lines between fashion and art. Each artist was given a piece from the Reiss collection and had two weeks to create a unique art piece using garments from the Reiss AW”12 line.
The art pieces may be travelling beyond Dubai soon but I visited the showcase in the two weeks after the launch party and just thought it demonstrated how garments could be utilised, upcycled and given new life. It all depends on your imagination. One artist used a Reiss shirt as a canvas but my fave pieces was a polka dotted dress (below)!
Here I am at Reiss’s latest collection launch a couple of weeks ago.