APRIL ROUND UP

It's been a busy month as ever here at KerrieALDO.
All photos KerrieALDO - botton left photo credit = viviennewestwood.com


DOING - VISITING LONDON, NORTHERN CRAFT, LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL, THE NEW H.S SHOP


April was a slow start, I was back home in Dundee due to family reasons but this meant I had the chance to catch up with some friends, spend much needed time with family and excitingly check out my good friend Hayley Scanlan's first ever shop and it looks AMAZING!  



The shop is stocking the ever popular KerrieALDO 'Red Wool 'Heart' Make-Up Bag' which you can see in the picture and is also holding an exclusive baby blue version.  If you are in Dundee or the surrounding areas you can check it out for yourself at 168 Perth Road, Dundee.





Next up was a trip to London to see in Easter weekend, this was just for fun, but after visiting countless exhibitions & museums I came away feeling very inspired and ready to take on the rest of the month.  Highlights were definitley The Design Museum, (worth a visit for the building alone) & the David Hockney exhibition at the Tate Britain.




DESIGNER / MAKER / USER - DESIGN MUSEUM

Designer Maker User tells the story of contemporary design through these three interconnected roles.  The exhibition features almost 1000 items of twentieth and twenty-first century design viewed through the angles of the designer, manufacturer and user.  The exhibition covers a broad range of design disciplines, from architecture and engineering, to the digital world, fashion and graphics.

A great insight for anyone into the design process focusing on not just the designer but the importance of the maker as well as the user in producing 'good' design.


'A Bigger Splash', David Hockney, 1967.  Photo credit = tate.org.uk
DAVID HOCKNEY - TATE BRITAIN 

As one of the most popular and influential artists of the twentieth century, the Tate Britain's exhibition explores Hockney's evolving style, technique and adaption to new technologies over six decades worth of work.

I love how there were no photographs permitted at this exhibition, as I noticed at a lot of the others many people were just walking around with their phones out and taking photos of anything they found remotely interesting without really taking anything in.

This exhibition runs until 29th May 2017, if your going I'd advise booking tickets in advance   We never thought of this and had to visit on the Sunday night at 7.30PM which was actually quite good, although my legs were ready to fall off by the time we got back to the hotel.

Oh, another highlight of our trip to London was visiting the Tate Modern, I'm specifically talking about the panoramic view you can now take in from the recently opened 10th floor.  Definitley worth the trek up 10 flights of stairs!

NORTHERN CRAFT

After the break in London, I  was back in Leeds and it was full steam ahead finishing preparations for the first pop up of the year.

Northern Craft is an independent collective founded by Carley Batley and Sean Mort dedicated to supporting and showcasing the craft scene in Leeds, the North and beyond.  I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in the 2nd ever 'Northern Craft' event which took place at Northern Monk Brew Co. on Saturday 22nd April.  As I'm quite new to Leeds it was great to be a part of this fair and meet lots of friendly faces including lots of talented designers and makers, it was also a good opportunity to showcase the new 'zero waste' purses for the first time at a pop up shop.

'ZERO WASTE' Purse
LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 

In it's first year Leeds International Festival aimed to bring some of the world's most talented and interesting people to Leeds, to share a platform with the city's creatives.  I'm always keeping an eye out for new events or things to go to down this way so when I seen the 'Fashion in Leeds' short talks which were set to take place in a shipping container in the heart of the city centre, I jumped at the chance and made sure to book ip my (free) tickets fast.  Lucky I did as they vanished pretty quickly.  I made it along to three events including;

Sole Searching in South America Parts 1 & 2, documentary screening and talk with Gary Aspden (24.04.17)

Gary Aspden is the brains behind the archive led Adidas SPEZIAL range and after receiving an email detailing a goldmine of adidas vintage stock in a shop in Argentina, Gary convinced Adidas  to let him head over to Argentina and explore the tip off, with a film crew and Ian Brown in tow, of course.  You can watch the short documentary HERE.

Christopher Raeburn: Sustainability in Fashion (25.04.17)


I'm a long time fan of Christopher Raeburn (some of my friends will recognise this from my prized position  the infamous turtle bag) and the brands ethos so I was excited to head along to hear Christopher, himself talk about his brand from the beginning up to the present date.  Christopher Raeburn was a pioneer in bringing sustainable design to a mainstream fashion audience with the use of surplus fabrics, remade garments, and the use of recycled fabrics.  Many of the items are made from his studio in London.

The other event I made it along to as part of the Leeds International Festival was, 'Empowering Woman with Tech'.  I was initially drawn to the event after noticing the fashion blogger known as Sussie Bubble was in the line up.  In the lead up to the event had been toying with the idea of not going - the thought of taking a full day away from the studio is always a toss up for someone self-employed and trying to juggle the workload - but I am so glad I did as it was a hugely inspiring day complete with a broad range of speakers from different backgrounds.


What's in store for May?




Our kids coat range will officially launch on Saturday 13th May.  Behind the scenes our mens and womans range for summer is taking shape and will be launching shortly.  Keep up with all the goings on by following us on instagram, twitter or facebook.

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Also, if you haven't done so already then check out the 'Stock Sale' which is happening over at KerrieALDO.com