Today I visited TENT London / Super Brands, over on Brick Lane in East London again after work to visit the actual exhibiton which I missed last time, apart from the spectacular rain storm, which I loved! The show was quite interesting, I am glad I didn’t pay and indeed can’t quite figure out why they charge £8 entry fee for the public to visit a trade show but still, it was an interesting, and free exhibition.
The first and probably best bit was talking to a man from a company called Teixidors who was operating a manually operated loom, after a few sentences a colleage from sibbling company Zuzunaga came over and said he didn’t speak English, how embarrassing! Not so as it turns out as the loom guy starts talking in (presumably Spanish or Portuguese) explaining everything I just said to him!
I told him of a recent trip to Manchester where I visited the Museum of Science and Industry. In the museum are a number of functional industrial looms from Manchester’s history as well as their related steam engines! We had a short chat about what they did and such but I got some brilliant images of the man working the loop, just a fascinating skill, and I learnt that it takes over 8 hours for two people to setup the machine for operation, imagine moving that installation to every show!
Further on in the show I discovered a modular plastic table by Andy Martin which has removable plastic panels that allow you to customise the look of the table. I can’t help but remember taking apart my keyboard to clean the keys when thinking about the deep clean process for such a table, with all those hundreds of plastic panels to remove, clean, dry and reinsert in the right place!
The next person I met was a former cohort of mine at the Royal Collage of Art, Rafel Oliva of the Design Products programme, who is doing rather well for him self exploring paint cannons with sponsorship from Homebase!
The Rag and Bone Man was an interesting conversation by a welder/artist who repurposes industrial, retro / vintage items into bespoke household furniture. We had a good chat and he liked that I could see his work wasn’t of the American Steampunk genre, more accurately it was it’s own style, a kind of Steampunk gone British.