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Tiipoi: Modern Kantha at LDF17

With so much to see at the London Design Festival, SEEN was keen to view the beautiful embroidery of Tiipoi. They’re a London-based studio that creates collections inspired by and made in India with a combination of traditional and craft skills and industrial manufacturing techniques. Modern Kantha included quilted blankets and cushions displayed to great advantage for the audience at their press launch in an airy, light, top-floor studio in Clerkenwell. Designed in collaboration with Witek Golik studio from Copenhagen, Martyna Golik and Sisse Witek spoke eloquently about the processes involved in the blending of old and new in Modern Kantha with Tiipoi founder Spondana Gopal.

Kantha, if you didn’t know, is a type of hand embroidery that has its origins in Eastern india around West Bengal, and is a simple running stitch. The pattern is formed by repetitive rows of running stitches over the entire fabric thereby creating a quilt. Traditionally it’s used to recycle old fabric and saris, thus giving material a new lease of life.

SEEN thinks the effect quite beautiful. The restricted colour palette of blue, white, pink and green is offset by the simple Kantha stitches creating something resolutely modern. It’s surely set to become a design classic. The global span of the Kantha, India, Denmark and Britain, brings us a new perspective on Indian design.

As Spandana Gopal stated: ‘Kantha is a ubiquitous embroidery from India, I wanted to translate this traditional trope; the ‘kantha running stitch’ into something new by using a modern medium.’

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AVANTgarden: Be You, Be Proud

SEEN is intrigued to hear about AVANTgarden from FKA Twigs, a new digizine dedicated to self-care, beauty and the art of braids within the black community. Certainly on my voyaging around London, I’m struck, as an observer, by the beauty and complexity of the braids I see.

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Halloween at Sexy Fish

In London, you don’t go on a night out so much as partake of a new experience. Leave it to the gloriously named Sexy Fish in Mayfair to add a unique event to this year’s Halloween calendar.

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Ladies of the Press at Sluice Biennial

SEEN headed up to Hackney recently, there to peruse this year’s Sluice Biennial. A large and airy building at Morning Lane housed fascinating creative projects by artists and creators who have come together under the Sluice banner. What SEEN particularly liked was the variety of work on display and the informal atmosphere in which it …

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The Castle at the Space: SEEN Reviews

SEEN was not that familiar with the work of Howard Barker prior to seeing ‘The Castle’ but feels she must rectify that situation. A powerful piece on the nature of masculinity, war, gender roles and the essential unreliability of religious faith, ‘The Castle’ benefits from a powerhouse cast and a stripped-back set, making the most of the Space’s environment.

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Original Swimming Party Release ‘Biggest Curse’

Electronic experimental duo Original Swimming Party, have announced the release of their new single  ‘Biggest Curse’ featuring vocalist Moonchild Sanelly. Taken from their forthcoming remix EP, the single is now available to stream from October 6th.

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Heist Bank Beer Festival

Beer connoisseurs would do well to get themselves along to the Heist Bank Beer Festival this weekend, the 14th and 15th October. The bar in Paddington will be celebrating the finest keg and cask beers known to humanity, from UK brewers, Fourpure, Beavertown, Thornbridge and Wild Beer Co., who will headline, launching special seasonal releases …