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Virtual ‘tepaputul’ (traditional clay dolls). Gabrielle Shiner-Hill and Nusrat Mahmud of Bureau 555 pose with the clay dollsBureau 555

WAF News: Brihatta Foundation Co-Founder, and WAF 2022 Conference Speaker, Nusrat Mahmud to take part in London Design Week at the V&A

Bureau 555 is excited to announce that they have been invited to take part in the Digital Design Weekend at the V&A museum in London at the end of September.

The V&A’s signature event on digital cultures, the Digital Design Weekend, examines the effects and influences of technology on society and culture. On September 23rd 24th and 25th, as part of the London Design Festival, the V&A will be taken over by Digital Design Weekend, which will feature immersive experiences, creative workshops, interactive demonstrations, and family-friendly events.

The V&A’s Digital Design Weekend is an annual event which brings together artists, designers and innovators in the fashion, art and tech space and asks them to consider their impact and response to our world today. This year’s Digital Design Weekend investigates how digital design can help make the reality of climate change visible to us all. Interactive exhibits will showcase how emerging digital fashion practices can redefine our relationship with fashion and address urgent environmental challenges such as waste and disposability.

Explanation of event
Digital Craftsmanship: Social and Environmental Musings.
The team from Bureau 555 in collaboration with Brihatta Art Foundation will be in London running a site specific interactive demonstration reflecting on the past, present and future; seeking to establish a connection between traditional artisanal techniques, people and technology.

The goal of this demonstration is to explore digital perceptions through make and modelling, and to raise awareness about how integration of digital assets into the product development and design process can potentially lead to a significant reduction in carbon emissions in the supply chain.
Visitors are invited to participate in a hands-on wood block printing workshop led by globally recognised artist Bishwajit Goswami. The wood blocks have been designed utilizing traditional Jamdani motifs referencing the heritage textile traditions of Bangladesh. The motifs, which have been orally passed down from one generation of master weavers to the next, represent nature and the botanical surroundings of Bangladesh. Participants will then be invited to digitise their artwork, place them on objects of choice and view their creation in augmented reality.

Bureau 555 and Brihatta Art Foundation have developed a set of event specific AR characters
which will be auctioned off after the Design Weekend.

Bureau 555
The New Landscapes Catalyst Grant was awarded to the co-founders Gabrielle Shiner-Hill & Nusrat Mahmud in January by the Textiles and Technology Institute (FTTI) at the University of the Arts London in collaboration with the British Council. Specialising in digital asset creation Bureau 555’s 3D fabric digitization methods seek to drastically cut the fashion industry’s carbon impact while producing realistic-looking digital clothing. Bureau 555 helps brands and manufacturers create true-to-life digital garments by utilising fast digital workflows, reducing lead times, costs and waste throughout the supply chain.

Brihatta Art Foundation
Brihatta Art Foundation is a research-based young artist-run platform, with a strong focus on community development and collaboration. It possesses a collective spirit that centres on the youth and encourages participants to examine their artistic practices from alternative dimensions. Artistic freedom is nurtured in this space, as one gains clarity of self, by engaging in creative dialogue and mentorship.  Brihatta increases the value and vitality of communities by improving cultural access to, and visibility of, art. Focused on the creation, and curation of art within the public realm, Brihatta is a dynamic liaison between artists, craftsmen, local and expat community members, and global practitioners to place artwork within a space that achieves shared goals.

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.8 million objects, books and archives that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.

London Design Festival
London Design Festival now moves into its 20th anniversary, celebrating how it has played a key role in the growth of the design industry, bolstering London’s position as a global destination for business, culture and tourism, and contributing to the UK’s reputation as a creative powerhouse. As one of the world’s leading design events, the Festival has also served as the blueprint for design weeks and festivals globally and continues to be a key moment on the cultural calendar. Source: https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/about-us/



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