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Tandemize

Exhibition  /  04 May 2016  -  07 May 2016
Published: 03.05.2016
The Cass Bank Gallery
Curator:
Mah Rana
Management:
Mah Rana, Estela Sàez Vilanova
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Intro
The Tandemize 2.0 group took their experiences from learning this traditional craft, and translated it into a public participation art event inspired by lacemaking, the project is anchored around the question: What was the last thing that you made, and how did it make you feel? and will be re-enacted at the Cass gallery as part of the exhibition.
 
To celebrate London Craft week (3-7 May) The Cass Bank Gallery hosts a new exhibition, led by MA Course Leader Mah Rana entitled What was the last thing that you made? And how did it make you feel?; the show explores the potential in cross-cultural collaborations by looking at the effects of migration on architecture, design, craft and fashion.   The first section of the show recounts the Tandemize 2.0 project.

Tandemize 2.0 began in January 2016 when a group of Sri Lankan residents came to London for a one-week to study at The Cass. Later that year, In March 2016, five successful graduates from the university were awarded the Tandemize Travel fellowships by British Council, and travelled to Sri Lanka for a oneweek residency hosted by the University of Moratuwa.The Tandemize group spent two days learning tradition Beeralu techniques from a mother and daughter from the village Magalle, in the southern province of Sri lanka, recognised for its lace-making tradition; such heritage is slowly being lost for various reasons, including the ongoing economic impact of the tsunami in 2005, and it is now a dying craft.  The Tandemize 2.0 group took their experiences from learning this traditional craft, and translated it into a public participation art event inspired by lacemaking, the project is anchored around the question: What was the last thing that you made, and how did it make you feel? and will be re-enacted at the Cass gallery as part of the exhibition. 

On Wednesday 4 May fairtrade organic tea company, Organic Life Teas will be providing tea for a pop-up ‘making’ café named Hathara Pota after the first technique learnt Beeralu lace making. They will be serving teas from Sri Lanka in the main gallery space, offering a relaxed environment for visitors to the exhibition, encouraging conversations around crafting and to learn more about the project from the Tandemize 2.0 participants.
 

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