Riina O at Royal College of Art

The recent blog posts have been about teaching the glove making workshops in other towns and countries. However, occasionally the masterclasses are also held at London-based universities!


Last week Riina O was invited to run a 2-day glove making workshop at Royal College of Art.
Named the world´s no.1 art and design university, it was a great honour to be teaching these exceptionally talented students.
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The 2-day workshop gave a short introduction to the craft of making gloves by hand, introducing different types of stitching and handcrafting a standard-sized glove.
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The students will be able to develop the freshly acquired base-skills further in their future work.
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Riina O Black Friday Sample Sale!

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Riina O is having the first ever online sample sale.

This is an extraordinary chance to get hold of some samples that didn´t make it to the collections.
Samples are one offs, but available in various sizes!

Additionally, we are offering -30% off everything else at our online boutique,
until the 27th November 2017.

Just use the code “Black” at the checkout.

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 Happy shopping!

Riina O in Scotland

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Last week Riina O went to Scotland to visit the team of Hands of X hand prosthetics in Dundee and Glasgow (more info about this amazing project coming soon…) and to teach the glove making workshop at the Edinburgh College of Art.

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The view from the classroom window was straight at the beautiful medieval Edinburgh castle, high on the hill.

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During the 4-day workshop the jewellery and silversmithing students learned some of the hand stitching techniques for glove making, adjusted the standard glove pattern to fit their own hand size and made up the first sample glove, having designed the decorative points(or a more complex decorative embroidery in some cases). The last day was left for them to see how could they integrate the newly learned skills into their personal jewellery practice.
I am so curious to see the final results…

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Review: Archifon IV at Glasgow Sonica Festival

Partly a video game, a holographic display and a gigantic musical instrument installed into the interiors of the Memorial Chapel of the Glasgow University. The team of Floex (Tomas Dvorak – the musician) and Initi (Dan Gregor – the visual artist) brought to life the elements of architecture via laser beams. The whole altar wall was turned into a large, interactive, virtual musical instrument, primed to respond to the beams from laser pointers handled by the audience, creating a truly unique sound and visual art piece.

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Statues might suddenly sing when the light strikes them and the ornamented details might spring to life and writhe across the walls. Each object on the wall is hidden to be found and activated with the ray of the laser.

It was a truly extraordinary chance to discover the Glasgow University Chapel in a different way.

Unfortunately, I was not able to find the video of this particular project to post here, but Archifon II is one of their previous projects, very similar to this one.

Archifon IV was part of the Sonica audiovisual festival in Glasgow. It´s a year-round programme of events dedicated to world-class visual sonic arts, punctuated by a biennial autumn festival in Glasgow.
This year the 11-day festival took place from 26th October to 5th November, bringing together the best visual sonic arts from around the world, buy artists from 14 countries in the most imaginative ways.

 

 

Manolo Blahnik´s Art of Shoes in Prague

Kampa Museum in Prague is currently hosting the touring exhibition by the well-known master of shoes – Manolo Blahnik.

Manolo Blahnik: The Art of Shoes is an intimate retrospective spanning 45 years dedicated to work of the Spanish designer, one of the most influential figures in contemporary fashion, whose inventiveness and superb craft has managed to cross boundaries between fashion and art.

A rather interesting fact about Manolo´s personal life is that he has some Czech heritage – his Czech father lived and worked as a pharmacist in Prague before WWII. He left the country after the Nazi occupation. Manolo, now 74, grew up on the Canary Islands at a banana plantation with his father and Spanish mother, before leaving for Geneva and Paris to study law, languages and art. Manolo Blahnik opened his first boutique in London in 1973 and is currently based in the UK.Manolo Blahnik the art of shoesThe exhibition has over 200 hand-picked shoes and 80 original drawings on display, capturing the essence of Manolo Blahnik´s design DNA through his obsessions and inspirations: architecture, art, botany, literature, cinema, the Eighteen Century, Italy, Russia, Spain and many other cultural, extraordinary broad influences that fascinate him.

The careful selection of shoes includes his works from the 1970s until the present day. Many of the displayed shoe models have become famous through the film industry and the TV series, for example being worn by Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City”.

The touring exhibition was staged in Milan, Italy, and in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. After Prague, it will move to Madrid and then to Toronto, Canada.

The exhibition is open till 12th November 2017.

This story was also published in Estonian web magazine Femme.

Manolo Blahnik is being as productive as ever with his movie “Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards” having been released last month.

 

 

Eat Me!

Trapholt Modern Art and Design Museum is located just on the outskirts of the little town of Kolding, in Southern Denmark on the mainland of Jutland. It is one of the largest and most popular museums in Denmark, outside of Copenhagen and Aarhus.

Eat Me – says the name of the exhibition and with many items displayed you would really want to do it, while with many others the feeling is completely opposite. More than 60 artists have experimented with the concept of food and items linked to it, pushing the boundaries and discovering the new meanings.

There are different ways to look at it – the food and related items have been discovered through the multitude of angles: society, culture, identity, nature, boundaries, senses and future.

It is a multisensory exhibition, taking the cuisine outside of the kitchen to the galleries and offering an experience to many senses. The display offers active and passive participation levels, which make this exhibition so unique. Here and there, in addition to just observing and visually admiring the artwork, it is possible to eat, taste, chew, feel or smell some of the exhibits.

A few personal highlights:

The little room with walls painted with chocolate by artist Anya Galaccio – the smell is rather mouth-watering and divine! Imagine living in a chocolate house! 🙂

Marije Vogelzang´s large installation of a “Teardrop” – where one can stand in the middle of the installation, below the pipettes and someone else can drop a drip of flavour in their mouth by pulling one of the strings.

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One can take part of the artwork creation process for Simone Brühl´s project, made of colourful bubble gums. Anyone can contribute a personally chewed and styled bubble gum to the display, which later will be morphed into a huge ball.

A much less pleasant sensory experience is experienced at Helen Chadwick´s box of food waste, which seems to come alive through the rotting process. Bubbling and unpleasantly smelling mass brings out the  desire opposite to eating it.

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The beauty of the mushiness and the visual softness of the moulded food can be admired on close-up photographs, even though it does not provoke a desire to eat it.

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Danish artist Rose Eken, known for her super realistic ceramics work, created a full meal in ceramics medium.

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Christopher Boffoli amuses with his photos of an exploration in the world of tiny people with big appetites.

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After the exhibition, feeling rather hungry from all the multisensory stimulation, I´d recommend heading down to the cafe for a lovely culinary experience and if it´s still daylight – accentuated by a breathtaking view of the Kolding Fjord.

The exhibition is open till 21st May 2018.

Koldinghus castle

Koldinghus is the royal castle situated in the middle of the little town of Kolding, pretty much in the middle of Denmark.

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Standing at the place already since the 13th century, it has changed its appearance several times due to numerous reconstructions. In the middle of the 16th century, the castle was rebuilt in Renaissance style. The “Giant tower” was added at that time. The castle was almost destroyed by the fire during the Napoleonic wars, in 1808, when the Spanish soldiers accidentally burned it down during their stay. It took a long time to restore it – the works were finished by 1991 with a wonderful combination of the old and new architectural elements mixed together in the interiors.

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Take plenty of time as there are many hidden rooms in the castle which you may not even find or be aware of, as there is the lack of signs on the doors. I would encourage you to try to open all the doors that look tempting and go up the stairs, as perhaps you will discover something wonderful or reach the top of the castle tower with the magnificent view!
One of the rooms is hiding a selection of historic wardrobes which can be tried on as well – great for the kids!

The permanent exhibition is nice, although feels a little bit dated.

However, the restored part is likely to take your breath away! The architects have left the ruins visible, while building the new part around and on top of it, using the modern architectural elements. The twisted iron staircase takes you up on different levels, at times quite hanging in the air, creating a slightly eerie feeling. The slightly stomach-turning experience is well worth it!

The restored part houses temporary exhibitions. Currently for last few days, until the 22nd October, there is the chance to see “Beyond Icons” – the exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Kolding´s Design School – the University where I was teaching my glove making workshop. On display are the works of the graduates and looking at other than only the iconic pieces of Danish design.

After this the new exhibition will be by the talented Finnish jewellery designer Mari Keto, who creates magical artefacts worth examining closer.
Next year the castle will be celebrating 750th anniversary with a very big exhibition, including the selection of the crown jewels!