Creative Living Country

Thursday 29 June | 6–8pm

Helen David and Matilda Temperley in Conversation with Chloe Grimshaw and Luke White

Textile designer Helen David and photographer Matilda Temperley discuss what it takes to set up studio and maintain a creative business beyond the bright lights of the city.

Part of a generation of artists and creatives who are redefining modern ‘country living’, David and Temperley discuss the challenges and benefits of combining work and home in a rural environment. They are joined by Chloe Grimshaw and Luke White, whose new publication Creative Living Country features 25 truly original houses across the UK from the East Anglian fens to the Cornish coast, from the hills of the Lake District to the moors of Scotland. Together they explore the importance of landscape for creative pioneers, and provide a glimpse into the the loss of 24/7 urban stimuli on modern entrepreneurs, from ceramicists to musicians. The talk is illustrated with inspirational images by Luke White, Helen David and Matilda Temperley.

Arranged to coincide with The World of Anna Sui exhibition, the event starts at 6pm with an opportunity to view the exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions.

Price £15 / £12 students includes exhibition entry. Guests are welcome to view The World of Anna Sui before or after the talk.

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Helen David is an award-winning British textile designer and artist. Having completed a degree in fashion textiles at Camberwell School of Art, and Central St. Martins in 1983, Helen founded the acclaimed fashion label English Eccentrics. The label dressed some very well known personalities including Diana Princess of Wales, Mick Jagger, Prince, Helen Mirren, and Toyah Willcox. English Eccentrics started the baroque print shirt trend of the 1980s and the devore velvet trend of the 1990s, and now features in international museum collections including the V&A, the Museum of London and the Art Institute of Chicago. Helen also works as a fine artist with her husband, the print maker and sculptor Colin David.

Matilda Temperley is an award-winning photographer. Her work regularly appears in international publications such as, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Harpers Bazaar and National Geographic. Matilda’s work is inspired by marginalised societies. Her sell out book, Under The Surface—Somerset Floods won the Royal Photographic Society’s Vic Odden Award in 2015. Her second book, Omo – Change In The Valley documents human rights abuses in Ethiopia. In May 2017 Matilda’s third book,The League of Exotic Dancers – Legends of American Burlesque (Oxford University Press) will be published.

Chloe Grimshaw is an established design, art and interiors journalist and author of four books, including the best-selling ‘New London Style’ for Thames and Hudson. Recent work includes interiors features for House and Garden, US Elle Décor and the Telegraph Magazine. Having focused on creative London in her last book, she was keen to explore the work of designers, makers and photographers across the UK for ‘Creative Living Country.’ Chloe is also the co-founder of Plinth, which commissions unique artist products and limited editions by leading contemporary artists, photographers and designers. Plinth will launch a new series of products celebrating Magnum Photos 70th Anniversary in May 2017.

Luke White’s interior and portrait assignments feature in a wide variety of international publications including US AD, Elle Décor US, Italian AD, Elle Decoration, Vogue, House Beautiful US, House and Garden, The Telegraph Magazine, Sunday Times Style etc. Creative Living Country is Luke’s fifth book. His sixth The British Embassy, which has taken him to 27 locations across the globe will be published in October 2017. Luke likes to mix of interiors, portraits and landscapes in his work. He is currently shooting a series of large format landscapes to be exhibited in 2018

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