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Posted 12.10.17

Interactive jewellery & playful fashion: Graduates exhibit at Dutch Design Week

By Kat Peberdy
In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. It's the biggest design event in Northern Europe, where work and ideas of more than 2500 designers are presented to over 295,000 visitors from across the globe.

This city-wide event sees workshops, talks, networking events and exhibitions take place across more than hundred locations, bringing together a wealth of promising young designers with key stakeholders from the worlds most innovative and ground-breaking design companies.

Part of the 'Play' collection from Fern Robinson

Setting this event apart from others is its dedication to showcasing designs of the future. Although during the event every imaginable practice and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experimentation, innovation and cross-disciplinary work, with particular attention each year going to the development of young talent.

This year, BA (Hons) Jewellery graduate Fern Robinson has been invited by Envisions to sell her playful pieces of jewellery as part of De Design Shop at Sectie-C of Dutch Design Week. Her designs have a post-modern aesthetic with vibrant colour and geometric form, which caught the attention of the Dutch design collective.

“It’s amazing to be part of a design week in Europe with such a huge audience, thanks to the support of Laura Wasley and The Gallery team my work is on it’s way to Eindhoven and that’s really exciting for me.”

– Fern Robinson, BA (Hons) Jewellery graduate

Fern’s work is currently on sale as part of an exhibition at the Victoria Sewart Gallery, and she will also be returning to Plymouth to take part in the Native Makers festival in December.

Envisions have also invited BA (Hons) Fashion graduate Anna Boast, after spotting her at our stand at London Design Fair, to exhibit her work as part of their show at Dutch Design Week which, in collaboration with Spanish manufacturer Finsa, aims to showcase the pioneering potential of the unhindered imaginations of industry outsiders.

Part of '&thekitchensink*' collection from Anna Boast

Anna’s recent collection '&thekitchensink*' is an intimate, satirical and anthropological look at aspects of modern life, with the accompanying short film containing elements of tongue-in-cheek and double entendre, reflecting the playfulness of the pieces and of her as a designer.

The colourful, almost haphazard aesthetic of Anna’s work pairs well with the pieces created by Envisions, who have attracted attention and critical acclaim since their debut at the Salone del Mobile in Milan 2016 with their imaginative collection of experimental works.

Visit The Gallery from 29 November 2017 to 27 January 2018 for an exhibition uniquely created for Plymouth College of Art by Dutch design collective Envisions. Capturing the collective’s feeling of coming home after a series of insightful travels and adventures, The Gallery will be transformed into a lively playground that embraces chaos.