I’ve started to think about the parallels between making as a social activity and eating as a social activity. Food and eating has always played a big part in my family’s social life, and is a natural catalyst for interaction and connection.
With this in mind I tested out an initial idea for social making/baking at coLAB last week. As the lunch at the event participants were invited to take part in collaborative sandwich making, with each of us passing around our plates and adding elements to each other’s food. Daunting to begin with this became an interesting way to create a social atmosphere, definitely requiring further investigation.
This weekend I hosted coLAB at Ny Space in Manchester. The day was an opportunity for practitioners involved in participatory or collaborative work to come together and discuss their practice and the context of collaboration in creative practice.
More to come on this soon, but in the meantime here’s how it looked…
Collective North’s first project, The Rogue P Sessions, took place at last Sunday’s Sounds from the Other City festival. Lead by the inimitable Jackie Haynes, The Rogue P Sessions (name inspired by the extra P in VimPto) hosted bands, comedians and spoken word artists in a family tent for intimate interviews and sessions.
The tent, right beside Vimto Gardens off Chapel Street, was open to festival-goers and community members, with shows all afternoon.
I’m happy to now be part of Collective North! Along with fellow MA graduates from Manchester School of Art we’ll be supporting each other in future design projects, with a particular focus on community and socially-engaged work.
I’m very excited to be organising coLAB, a space to work together! The day will be formed of a series of events designed to spark discussion and exploration of how we collaborate and participate in design and beyond.
Head over to the website to learn more, and admire the poster below…
For the final write up of my MA course we are required to submit a written monograph digitally. While this is quicker, easier and more efficient I just don’t feel like a piece of work is finished until it is printed and bound. I’m old-fashioned like that.
So, I’ve printed and bound my final monograph, and added a foil-blocked cover for added interest. So much more satisfying than a .pdf.