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  • A still from a new film of Harriet Vine at work by Alice Masters

Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

Join us for our summer exhibition 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 mid 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.

This exhibition is the first retrospective of 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 launches at the Lethaby Gallery at Central Saint Martins, London, before starting a nationwide tour.

Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine, at Lethaby Gallery, 1 Granary Square, King's Cross, London N1C 4AA, from 20 July 2019 - 11 August 2019

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