As part of Shoreditch Design Triangle and LDF, Art&Graft
are pleased to present Tooled Up, a group show
celebrating craft, graft and creativity.
Art&Graft have invited some of the most exciting artists,
illustrators and designers working today, to take a
recognisable object of craft and apply their skill and
ingenuity to transform it into a unique form.
Whether it is using the nature of the item to inspire a
print, reutilising a screwdriver to retrieve the last bit of
paint from a tube or adding new forms onto the existing
structure; the resulting prints, films and sculptures
transcend the original tool to become exquisite objects in
their own right.
As contributor Joel Hopkinson notes, “ Tools can all be
seen as charged instruments of potential, representing
an optimism and state of flux. This is particularly true
for finer made hand tools that exist as objects of craft;
often these tools are emblematic of their own function by
being expertly made, and aesthetically considered, indeed
they become collectors items of material value - rare
From a more personal viewpoint, as a maker; these fine
hand tools whilst fitting the hand pleasingly, hold the
promise of things to come, a material realisation of the
imagination; as if all the dumb inert matter in the world can
be transformed with the elegant sweep of the expert.”
G6 City Pavilion
37 Cheshire Street
London, E2 6EA
T: 020 7613 2030
The exhibition is open during the London Design Festival, with
a late night opening as part of SDT on Tues 16th until 21:00.
Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 18:30
Sat: 12:00 - 18:00
Untitled by Merijn Hos, Hacksaw, wood and paint
Untitled by Kustaa Saksi, Chisel, Paint and Woven Fabric
Toolbox by Saskia Pomeroy, Toolbox and paint
All photography John Hooper.
Contributors: APFEL BMCH Craig & Karl
Daniel Eatock Deanne Cheuk Emily Forgot Hisham Akira Bharoocha Hvass&Hannibal Jody Barton Joel Hopkinson Kustaa Saksi Marcus Reed Merijn Hos MVM Neasden Control Centre Peepshow Collective Santuu Mustonen Saskia Pomeroy