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Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

Elena Papadaki (UofG)

  • 27th February - 3rd April 2020
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery

Crafts Council Exhibition

Misshapes 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.

Tatty Devine’s founders Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine set up a market stall in Spitalfields Market in the late 1990s. 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 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.