Hole & Corner x Sonos host two distinct weekend workshops to find your creative flow through making and music with makers Yinka Ilori and Stephanie Buttle for the London Design Festival.
For this year's London Design Festival Hole & Corner and Sonos explore an idea proposed by artist and ceramicist Grayson Perry of ‘relaxed fluidity’ - the point at which perfect happiness is found through making something with your own hands coupled with the relaxation of listening to one’s favourite music - with designer Yinka Ilori and ceramicist Stephanie Buttle.
On Saturday 17th September (2-5pm) Designer Yinka Ilori will make himself at home at Sonos Studio. He’ll share and demonstrate some of his creative process to a backdrop of some of his favourite classic hip-hop, grime and African beats. Following this will be the opportunity for people to find their own creative flow – by designing and decorating a wooden tiles inspired both by the music and by the Nigerian parable 'He who dances well at home will be rewarded'. They will be able to take away their finished pieces at the end of the workshop.
Yinka Ilori references and is influenced by his Nigerian roots but also his urban London upbringing; each piece of furniture he creates tells a story. His work touches on themes as various as hope, sexuality and social class - using form, colour and pattern with a sense of wit and warmth. yinkailori.com
On Sunday 18th September (2-5pm) Ceramicist Stephanie Buttle will settle into Sonos Studio, demonstrating her current practice where traditional wheel-thrown forms are manipulated by moving and dancing to create a new distorted form to a filmic soundscape. Following this there will be an opportunity for people to get their hands dirty. Firstly Buttle will prepare participants with a series of clay-making exercises responding to music and sounds - meant to bring you into the moment - and once in your state of creative flow (even ‘relaxed fluidity’) to make your own talismanic keepsake in porcelain (that will be fired and can be picked up from Sonos Studio at the end of the week).
Ceramicist Stephanie Buttle uses diverse approaches within her ceramics practice influenced by her former professional experiences within dance, performance and lens-based mediums. The material qualities of clay and contrasting processes available within ceramics act to express the artist’s fascination with the tensions between ‘craft traditions’ versus ‘conceptual creativity’. Stephanie’s work speaks across artistic mediums and are realized in more ambiguous sculptural experiences and film work.