Camden Sentido Presents: CamdenEsence / Material Journeys

Camden Sentido Presents: CamdenEsence / Material Journeys

The end of January saw the official round-up of last year’s Camden Sentido programme, concluded by a fantastic show by Central Saint Martin BA Textile Design students in partnership with Camden Council and Camden Market.

CamdenEsence / Material Journeys was an exploration into the urban spaces from Camden to Hackney Wick. Featuring colourful materials ranging from wooden planks, expanding foam, yarn, plastic and clay, the project attracted over 70 participants eager to engage with the borough. Taking four sites along Regent’s Canal, students developed proposals for Camden Lock, St Pancras Basin, Hackney Wick and Mile End Park. The exhibition text reads:

The Regent’s Canal is a major East-West route through the city. It is an important social and ecological ‘corridor’ in London and a meeting point of local and global heritage. This exhibition takes you on a sensorial journey along this route, showing some of the opportunities for future urban fabrics, developing the area’s diverse cultural heritage, social and ecological life.

The second year BA students were tasked with developing sustainable future materials for use in urban contexts, with the specific remit to support social and ecological relationships to explore future textile materials.

CSm objects

During Love Camden’s visit to the gallery space, we were guided through the rich assembly of objects conceived by the prompt, ranging from floating community halls, herb exchanges, a leisure pontoon, vandalism-friendly playgrounds, improved cycle paths, night gardens, spaces for contemplation and even insect raves. The eclectic collection turned ordinary ‘fabrics’ like plastic, bits of rope, canal rubble, asphalt and rubber tubes into fantastic imaginary sustainable answers to ecological and social problems.

CSM objects

Walking planks for the canal boats decorated with the famous navy dazzle-design, embroided wall fixings for cracks and gaps in concrete, floatation devices made of bits of rope and plastic tube, and a luminescent plastic night garden are only a few examples of the ingenious objects on display.

Whoever thought the future of urban spaces looked somewhat dark and dire was wrong: these students have shown that the future of Camden’s urban spaces can be a bright and colourful display of craft.

Camden Sentido Presents: CamdenEsence / Material Journeys, 26 – 29 January, 2017, 18 Maldon Road, Chalk Farm, London

sponsored by Camden Sentido, CSM, Camden Council, Camden Market

About Camden Sentido

To coincide with the 2016 Rio Para/Olympics and the São Paulo Art Biennale, Camden highlighted all things Brazil in its Annual Arts Programme. Camden Sentido was about our senses (sentidos in Portuguese) and the way we experience the environment. It linked together the spirit of Brazil with the spirit of Camden through the sounds, smells, tastes, sights and feelings that connect them. Click here for more information on the programme.