Gifts Today magazine

Barbican makers Initiative

Laurie Maun announced as third maker to be showcased in the Barbican Shop

Laurie Maun, a British textile designer based in East London, is the third emerging designer-maker to be showcased as part of the Barbican’s Makers initiative, an open call for new designer-maker talent. Her range of hand-embroidered homeware and accessory items, including exclusive wall hangings, is on sale in the Barbican Shop 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 is showcased in the recently expanded Barbican Shop, and includes silk wall hangings inspired by and exclusive to the Barbican.

Laurie Maun 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.

'My inspiration for this range hasn’t only been taken from the architecture and unique shapes found amongst the Barbican estate, the pieces are also a nod to some of my favourite exhibitions I’ve seen over the years including Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion and Bauhaus: Art as Life.'

Applications have also now opened for the next Barbican Maker.

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