Friday, 28 September 2012

Creative Twinning - Part 1 - what it's all about

A while ago I blogged about an opportunity that I found out about during my Mentoring Programme, its called Creative Twinning, and I'm thrilled to have been invited to be part of it. I wanted to blog about my experiences of collaboration with other creatives to spread the word about the benefits of collaborating and to encourage other creatives to get on the band wagon and do the same!

So I thought I'd give you a bit of an introduction of what Creative Twinning is:

Creative Twinning is a unique partnership of Nottingham based designers, Debbie Bryan, JC Middlebrook and Hannah Lobley. It cultivates international cultural exchanges between designers from Nottingham and its twinned cities around the globe. The project began in Karlsruhe Germany during May 2011; as the three Nottingham based designers decided to put the Nottingham and Karlsruhe’s ‘Cultural Agreement’ (signed October 2009) to the test by showcasing their sustainable art work at Eunique; the leading international trade fair for Applied Arts and Design in continental Europe.

After this first stage of Creative Twinning, with funding help from Future Factory at Nottingham Trent University, three Karlsruhe designers were invited to visit Nottingham in October 2011 for series of creative events and to showcase their work at the Lace Market Gallery. They were accompanied by a representative from the City Council of Karlsruhe, a member of the Culture Office - Department of International Relations who had met the Nottingham designers at Eunique in May.

In response to these successful events, the Nottingham trio have embarked on more International exchange projects; this year returning to Eunique in partnership with Design Factory and showcasing with another six designers from the East Midlands. Jayne Childs of JC Middlebrook is currently working with Karlsruhe designer Brigitte Adolph on Nottingham lace inspired silver jewellery which has been exhibited both in Germany and UK. Their silver cuff collaborative piece made by Brigitte Adolph from Jayne’s lace design has recently won FIRST PRIZE in German 'Schmuck' (Jewellery) magazine.

Building on the Creative Twinning event in 2011, this year three new designers from Karlsruhe along with a group of East Midlands based designers will be exhibiting in our Creative Twinning showcase at the Nottingham Contemporary on 26th October 2012. Plans to exhibit at Eunique 2013 are underway as we aim to take even more designers to Karlsruhe on the Creative Twinning adventure.

So as you can see, it's all happening here at Creatuve Twinning, and I'm just over the moon to be involved.

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