24/09/2015 - 03/11/2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Explore a new collection of artist-made fashion and homeware pieces, which mix tattoo culture and digital fabrication technology.
I Will Always Have You is inspired by the rich tattoo heritage of Knowle West and explores the shifting cultural significance of tattoos in people’s lives, including the power of personal narratives and myths in the construction of identity, and tattoos as a repository of remembrances.
The collection pulses with provenance: the stories that inspired the individual pieces; the relationships that developed between local residents and individual artists; the collaboration and exchange that evolved between artists and makers.
I Will Always Have You also offers a glimpse of the future in terms of what is possible through community micro-manufacturing. It turns the promise of digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printers and laser cutters into a reality. Instead of being shut away in commercial and university R&D labs, the tools, materials and processes of the much-heralded next industrial revolution are held in community spaces and alive with people’s passions and everyday rituals.
The collection includes wallpaper, handbags, clothing and jewellery, presented by the artists Schram&Sandhu, Jacky Puzey, Emma McCusker and Helen Sullivan.
The exhibition will close on 3rd November 2015.