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Program

25 Apr 2019 - 14 Jun 2019

Blue Innovations: Contemporary Czech Indigo Prints

The Blue Innovations exhibition, part of London Craft Week, showcases the work of contemporary Czech designers who create exceptional, high quality hand-made items using traditional indigo printing techniques for decorating fabrics. It will also introduce these techniques, which have been integral to Czech culture for centuries and are now on UNESCO‘s lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The exhibition presents contemporary Czech indigo printing and dyeing production and the only two remaining block printing workshops in the Czech Republic (in Olešnice in Moravia and in Strážnice) via photography, video and the components used for printing while focusing on unique interpretations of the traditional methods.

A craft which has been tested over the centuries is reflected in the work of the Blue Innovations's curator Alice Klouzková who has collaborated with some of the most talented and specialised craftspeople in the country. Her work will be complemented by that of contemporary Czech fashion designers Monika Drápalová, Petra Valentová, Martina Dvořáková and students of the Studio of Textile Design at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.

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25 April - 14 June 2019
Monday – Friday 10am – 6 pm
Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May 10am – 5pm
Vitrínka Gallery, Czech Centre London, 30 Kensiongton Palace Gardens, London
FREE ENTRY

Friday 10 May 6.30 - 9pm Drinks reception with an introductory talk by designer and maker Alice Klouzková

ALL WELCOME, ADMISSION FREE, BOOKING NOT NECESSARY

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ACCOMPANYING EVENT
Part of the exhibition is also Blue Innovations: Contemporary Czech Indigo Prints workshop where Alice Klouzková will guide you through the traditional techniques and their transfer to modern applications in fashion and applied arts. You will also have the opportunity to work with the indigo dyed fabric to create your own fashion accessories.
Online booking (Saturday 11 May 2019, 10am - 1pm)
Online ooking (Sunday 12 May 2019, 10am - 1pm)

ABOUT ALICE KLOUZKOVÁ
Alice Klouzková is an acclaimed Czech fashion designer, curator and lecturer whose main focus is on traditional handcraft techniques and their use in contemporary fashion. In her own artistic practice, she often employs indigo print, a technique she promotes herself worldwide. She is the curator of the successful Blue Innovations exhibition project, presenting contemporary trends in Czech indigo textile printing, which has already toured in Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary and Japan. She teaches at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague and heads the Studio of Fashion Design at Scholastika, the school of contemporary arts. She is also a co-founder of the SISTERCONSPIRACY brand specialising in designer menswear and the year 2016 saw the publication of her book Heritage: Tradition, Innovation, Fashion. https://www.aliceklouzkova.cz/     

Part of London Craft Week




Supported by







Design: Monika Drápalová, photo: Viktorie Macánová



Blue Innovations, Textile, photo: Peter Fabo


Blue Innovations


Blue Innovations, design: Alice Klouzková, photo: Tomáš Brabec 



Blue Innovations, design: Alice Klouzková, photo: Tomáš Brabec 


Blue Innovations, Workshop Olešnice, photo: Tomáš Brabec 

 

 

Venue:

Vitrínka Gallery, Czech Centre London, 30 Kensiongton Palace Gardens, London

Date

From: 25 Apr 2019
To: 14 Jun 2019

Organizer:

Czech Centre


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