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 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 launches at the Lethaby Gallery at Central Saint Martins, London, before starting a nationwide tour.
20 July - 11 August 2019
Tuesday - Friday: 11am–6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12–5pm
Lethaby Gallery (within Central Saint Martins)
1 Granary Square
London N1C 4AA
After the Lethaby Gallery, Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine will head off on a nationwide tour, so get these dates in your diaries:
The Wilson, Cheltenham (7th September - 9th November 2019)
De Montfort University, Leicester (16th November 2019 - 1st February 2020)
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich University (24th February - 3rd April 2020)
Ty Pwab, 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)