Block Party: contemporary craft inspired by the art of the tailor

The process of transforming the flat pattern block into three dimensional form is an enduring source of inspiration. The rich cultural heritage and evocative language of pattern cutting has stimulated a broad range of contemporary applications.

Internationally renowned for her unique visual art practice fusing fashion, art and architecture, the Crafts Council invited curator Lucy Orta to select works which engage with pattern cutting on a variety of levels.

Looking beyond the garment, Block Party showcases new work by international and UK artists and makers that have embraced the interdisciplinary nature of this skill, applying the aesthetics and techniques of pattern cutting to their practice in innovative and unexpected ways.

Negative Space: revealing the bespoke process


Federico Urdaneta


Commissioned by the Crafts Council, Negative Space explores the process and tradition of bespoke tailoring. Hormazd Narielwalla, artist-in-residence at the prestigious Savile Row civil, military and sporting tailor Dege & Skinner, and pattern cutter Nina Penlington, take us behind the scenes, offering a rare glimpse into the workshop and pattern archive. Both reveal their unique relationships with paper patterns.