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MAKING DESIGNERS – the details


Making Designers is an event during Clerkenwell Design Week which will champion the importance of designing and making in schools by showcasing work made by many of today’s design luminaries when they were children. A chance to see previously unseen work by the likes of Mark Gabbertas, Matthew Hilton, Linda Morey-Smith, Jay Osgerby and Terence Woodgate, the work is sometimes precocious, always charming and often betrays signs of greatness to come!

Making Designers is curated by John Miller from the British furniture brand MARK Product. It is a contribution to the current debate on the teaching of Design and Technology in schools which is threatened by government curriculum changes. The show is being presented jointly with onoffice magazine, and has been designed by MARK’s Anna Hart with graphics by onoffice’s Edgar Hoffmann.

Proposed changes to the subject of ‘DT’ in schools have been controversial, with the government’s proposed curriculum seeming more geared towards home maintenance and horticulture than nurturing future generations of designers and innovators. “There are now indications that the government has been listening” explains John Miller, “and this event will

help to highlight the importance of learning through making and doing in addition to traditional academic methods. This is
the kind of educational experience that inspired so many great British designers and entrepreneurs”.

As well as the exhibition there will be a panel discussion chaired by James McLachlan (Editor, onoffice) and featuring the designers Ab Rogers, John Miller (MARK), Richard Green (CEO of the Design and Technology Association) and Lady Frances Sorrell (The Sorrell Foundation). The Making Designers Show is at The SCIN Gallery, Morelands, 27 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HL, 21-23 May. Free admission.

The debate is at the Farmiloe Building, 34 St. John Street, London, EC1M 4AY at 11.00 on 23 May. Free admission, first
come first served.

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