Located in the heart of London, the Barbican Centre exists to inspire and support the arts, from theatre to dance to visual arts. They recently started the Barbican's Makers initiative, an open call for new designer-makers to showcase their work in the Barbican shop. Laurie Maun, a British textile designer based in East London, is the third emerging designer-maker to be showcased, with her range of hand-embroidered homeware and accessory items, including exclusive wall hangings, on sale until 1 October 2017.
Laurie primarily works with textiles, discovering compositions and shapes through the broader art projects she participates in. With her intelligent use of colour and texture presented in each design, she creates beautiful, handmade pieces that straddle the worlds of fine art, fashion and interiors.
The range available in the shop includes hand-embroidered silk wall hangings made exclusivly for the Barbican, each piece inspired by the architecture of the Barbican estate, as well as two of Maun’s favourite Barbican exhibitions, Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion and Bauhaus: Art as Life. She is also showcasing hand-embroidered cushions, cotton canvas tote bags and lithograph printed greetings cards.
Laurie says; “The Barbican’s Makers initiative is a great way to celebrate and highlight the exciting work that is coming out of London and I’m thrilled that they’ve asked me to be a part of it. There’s a serious movement at the moment, people are buying independent and they’re buying well, it’s nice to see the Barbican supporting this."
Applications are now open for the next Barbican Maker. The successful applicant's work will be on display in the Barbican Shop from 1 October 2017 to 1 January 2018 and the Barbican will work closely with the maker to identify the best space for their work within the store, how to display it, and will promote the work through its marketing, press and social media channels.
This new opportunity underlines the Barbican’s commitment to working with emerging talent and supporting their artistic development. More details on how to apply can be found on the Makers initiative webpage.
To buy Laurie's products visit https://shop.barbican.org.uk/collections/barbican-makers-laurie-maun