Things to Make and Do

Just got back from my first Glug London Meetup. Glug run notworking, as opposed to networking events for designers, artists, and generally, anyone who is interested.

Tonight's event, “Things to Make and Do”, included creatives talking about what inspires them and was hosted by Natalie Melton, Commercial Director of Arts & Business.

Each presenter spoke for about 10 to 20 mins about some of their inspirations and projects. The first presentation was by Catherine Lock who took us on a tour of the British Isles, looking at traditional making in the UK and its place in a contemporary marketplace. She was followed by Piers Roberts from Designers Block. Designers Block are a collective that brings together designers, illustrators and artists from a variety of backgrounds for projects and shows around the world.

Toby Barnes from Mudlark gets his inspiration from maps and talked about Chromaroma, his online multiplayer game that can be played using Oyster cards and Boris Bike keys while Eliza Williams, a senior writer at Creative Review Magazine, showed a couple of short films commissioned by CR including one on Indian Taxi Art.

The night was rounded up by Mark Davy, Futurecity who talked about how multi-disciplinary teams are coming together to create extraordinary spaces. Not sure about the Ebsfleet Horse, but I do like their Skystation projects.

To me, it was a really unique event, that despite not being directly related to what I do, I enjoyed it and still managed to get a lot out of it. Can't wait to hear details about the next one. Though not a presenter on the night, Mr Smith of Mr Smith's Letterpress Workshop fame, designed and created a limited edition poster for attendees on the night to take away. I think on Saturday I may spend some time looking for the perfect frame for said print.

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