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Tate Collectives - Edith B

Edith B created one of the chosen designs - The Artist Within


Q1. When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

When I started secondary school, year 8 - I was about 12

Q2. What piece of art most inspires you?

Corpus and Sanitarium by Joel Peter Witkin. Alexander Mcqueen’s VOSS collection

Q3. Which artist or designer do you most admire?

Alexander McQueen, Meadham Kirchhoff and Joel Peter Witkin

Q4. What is your favorite memory of Tate?

The first time I ever went to Tate. I was very young and I remember being overwhelmed with just how much beautiful art there can be in one place.

Q5. What is the best exhibition you have ever seen?

It’s hard to say, they’re all very different and inspired me in different ways. However about two months ago I visited the Wellcome Collection’s Death: A self- portrait which I enjoyed very much, I find the theme of death very interesting.

Q6. What is your favorite item in Tate online shop?

Marcel Dzama’s salt and pepper set

Q7. If you could have been part of any art movement, which would you choose?

It’s a tie between Dada, Conceptual Art and Pop art.

Q8. What is your most treasured possession?

The garment I made for my final major project last year.

Q9. Where are you most inspired?

At twilight in a mountain region. At the break of down , especially on shores. And when in London at night

Q10. What is your favorite quotation/saying?

It changes from time to time. For a long time it used to be “ Art is what you can get away with” by Andy Warhol. Now my favourite quote is “ Find what you love and let it kill you” by Charles Bukowski

Q11. What was the first thing you ever designed or made?

Making clothes for my dolls, I never really liked the clothes they made for dolls. I also remember making sand sculptures when staying with my grandparents for the summer.

Q12. Who has had an important influence on you?

My mother and great grandmother, two strong and very hard working women , who both believed in me from a very early age and make me feel like I was going to be somebody which gave me the confidence to do what I desire. Alexander McQueen also, in my eyes he was a genius.

Q13. What made you want to be part of Tate Collective?

The idea of young people from different art disciplinarians working together in two of the greatest places in London.

Q14. What are your plans for the future?

Start a BA in Fashion Print


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Tate Collectives - Iman

Our other chosen design was roTATE by Iman.


Q1. When did you know you wanted to be a designer?

I don’t think that there was a moment in particular- ever since I remember I have always especially enjoyed the processes involved in designing and making things.

Q2. What piece of art most inspires you?

At the moment, I am particularly inspired by Hokusai’s ‘The Great Wave of Kanagawa’. It is part of the series ‘Thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji’, and I love how he has captured the changes in seasons and weather conditions through this sequence of wood block prints.

Q3. Which artist or designer do you most admire?

I definitely admire Iris van Herpen, a fashion designer who creates garments using digital technologies including 3-D printing and laser sintering.

Q4. What is your favorite memory of Tate?

Helping out at the ‘Infinite Kusama’ event at the Tate Modern. ‘The Hello Cube’ looked amazing, and you could tell that the textile cloud installation was influenced by all of Kusama’s work!

Q5. What is the best exhibition you have ever seen?

There’s more than one! But just to name a couple, ‘Yayoi Kusama’ and David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Picture’

Q6. What is your favorite item in Tate online shop?

I love Rude’s ‘Paintbrush cushion cover’

Q7. If you could have been part of any art movement, which would you choose?

Definitely Art Deco because of the decorative patterns and rich colours used.

Q8. What is your most treasured possession?

A really old leather-bound notebook which I have filled with lots of patterns and ideas for designs./p>

Q9. Where are you most inspired?

There is no specific place in particular: sometimes I am most inspired when visiting places and spaces that I have never seen before!

Q10. What is your favorite quotation/saying?

‘Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.’ Scott Adams

Q11. What was the first thing you ever designed or made?

A denim bag made from a couple of pairs of old jeans, some ribbon and lots of buttons!

Q12. Who has had an important influence on you?

Definitely all of my family as they have always been encouraging and supportive about my art.

Q13. What made you want to be part of Tate Collective?

The fact that they really do involve and inspire young people so much when curating their events. I also think it’s great that we have the opportunities through the Tate Collective to learn and understand how places like the Tate are run.

Q14. What are your plans for the future?

Hopefully to start studying Architecture from September, whilst trying to get involved in as many events at the Tate as possible!


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Tate Collectives - Luke

Our other chosen design was Tate Transformed by Luke.


Q1. When did you first realise you had a creative talent?

I realised I had a creative talent from an early age. For as long as I can remember I have had a strong interest in music, art and design so it was always more of a progression rather than a stand alone realisation.

Q2. What piece of art most inspires you?

One of my favourite pieces was the Infinity Room in the Kusama exhibition at TATE Modern. I was lucky enough to be invited to walk through the Infinity Room alone as part of Tate Collectives, which allowed the piece to have maximum impact. The walls and ceiling of the room were mirrored, and the floor featured a shallow pool of water. I liked the sense of the infinite and how the piece is such an expression of Kusama's interest in that theme.

Q3. Which artist or designer do you most admire?

I'm inspired by the The Bauhaus movement and the way it explored bridging the gap between art, design and industry and unifying all three. The minimal design approach has always been something I have adopted in my own work.

Q4. What is your favorite memory of Tate?

One of my favourite memories would have to be the Stööki Pop-Art explosion in the Tanks, presented as an audio-visual performance involving both Stööki Craftmakers and Stööki Sound collectively. We projected stop-frame animations VJ'ed by Stööki Play, combined with a live Stööki Sound DJ set, all inspired by Litchenstein. http://vimeo.com/66399291

Q5. What is the best exhibition you have ever seen?

The Kusama exhibition at TATE Modern is one of my favourites. As part of the launch Stööki lead participants through a hands on workshop, adapting Kusama’s technique of pattern, repetition and accumulation. At the end of the session they were styled and photographed within a monochromatic, ultraviolet zone, which tied in with the theme of the TATE Modern silent disco.

Q6. What is your favorite item in Tate online shop?

I really like the diversity of items in the Tate shop. I really like the The Artist Within and RoTATE t-shirts designed by fellow Tate Collectives members.

Q7. If you could have been part of any art movement, which would you choose?

I'm a big fan of the Impressionist movement. I like the brush strokes used to create the impression of a subject and emphasis on the depiction and study of light. I'm really attracted to the way Impressionists portrayed natural subjects like trees and oceans whilst using a different approach. Impressionists would often take their materials outdoors and paint what they saw. I like the way paintings of this time were not just what we see but how we feel about what we see.

Q8. What is your most treasured possession?

Besides sentimental objects, from a design perspective I would have to say my laptop.

Q9. Where are you most inspired?

I get inspiration everywhere. I find travelling most broadens your horizons otherwise I tend to jot down ideas on the move, then develop them at home or in my studio. I'm a bit of a night owl so I find I work best into the early hours and can focus on development of the initial idea and get lost in exploring it.

Q10. What is your favorite quotation/saying?

'Everything will be all right in the end... if it's not all right then it's not yet the end.'

Q11. What was the first thing you ever designed or made?

I had a passion for drawing from an early age. The first constructed design I remember making would have to be a pop-up book. It was space themed. I always remember being fascinated with pop-up books and the interactivity and attention to detail they had and also was amazed at the design.

Q12. Who has had an important influence on you?

I don't feel like i'm influenced. I come from a very musical and creative family who always encouraged expression through those means, which has definitely been a defining feature in my progression into djing, music production, graphic design and my own creative development.

Q13. What made you want to be part of Tate Collective?

I have always regularly visited the Tate. I like the focus on curating events to engage people of the same age group. I like the scope of things you can do and working together as team, which is often a rare opportunity for young people in the art world.

Q14. What are your plans for the future?

There are a lot of exciting things in the pipe line for the Stööki Collectve. We are working with Adidas Originals on the ‘Unite All Originals’ campaign collaborating with other creatives this year as well as a number of upcoming collaborations with well known fashion brands and music artists. Stooki will be releasing a new jewellery collection soon and Stööki Sound will continue to be DJ'ing internationally.



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