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Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

Our summer exhibition goes on a nationwide tour as we celebrate 20 years of Tatty Devine.

Tatty Devine's founders Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine set up a market stall in Spitalfields Market in the late 1990’s. Together they challenged jewellery conventions and in 2001 a trip to New York led them to discover laser cut acrylic. At that point a disruptive technology laser cutting unleashed a whole new set of creative possibilities and ideas.

On their return to the UK they invested in a laser cutting machine, going on to create personality-packed jewellery much loved and still culturally relevant 20 years on. 

Their DIY, unknowingly anarchic approach resonated with an industry and public who were hungry for something different from the commercialised, mass produced products on offer. Turning throwaway disposable objects like scraps of leather and guitar plectrums into jewellery not only landed the brand in Vogue magazine but also in the hearts of loyal fans all over the world.

Their work and collaborations have become markers of the time they were made in. Tatty Devine has always worked closely with musicians, artists, designers and brands from Gilbert and George to Belle and Sebastian - all people they feel a connection to. Creativity, self-expression and hand making are at the heart of everything they do.

Misshapes is the first solo show about Tatty Devine and will explore entrepreneurship, innovative British making and the power of creativity. Jewellery, sketchbooks, photos and flyers alongside two newly commissioned films will all tell the story of this creative duo.

The exhibition launched at the Lethaby Gallery at Central Saint Martins, London, and is now on a nationwide tour. See below for venue details and dates:

The Wilson, Cheltenham (7th September - 3rd November 2019)
De Montfort University, Leicester (16th November 2019 - 1st February 2020)
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich (28th February - 31 March 2020)
Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales (10th July - 13th September 2020)
Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Brighton and Hove (3rd October 2020 - 26th January 2021)
New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, Cotswolds (21th June - 10th September 2021)

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