James Shaw in conversation with Emily King

Join us for this special event as part of London Craft week, where designer James Shaw will be joined in conversation by design curator and writer Emily King. 

James Shaw is a designer and maker exploring the material landscape in a hands-on way. In this talk, James discusses with Emily King how his work offers a new way of thinking about the creation of objects and the resources around us, confronting the notion of ‘waste’ to develop new, beautiful materials. 

Celebrating outstanding British and international creativity, the festival brings together over 250 established and emerging makers, designers, brands and galleries from around the world. 

Free, booking essential.

About James Shaw

James Shaw is a designer and maker. Most well-known for his work with waste plastics, Shaw hand-extrudes blobby, gloopy and baroque forms, creating unexpected outcomes from a familiar and problematic material.

A lesson in functional art, each of Shaw’s unexpected creations brings out the beauty and excitement of the waste material, transforming it into something of lasting interest and value

James has exhibited internationally and past awards include being nominated for the Design Museum Designs of the Year Award and winning the Arc Chair Design Award. His work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, The V&A, The Montreal Museum of Art, The Design Museum Ghent and The Museum of London among others. 


About Emily King

Emily King is a London-based writer and curator specialising in graphic design. Recent projects include editing a monograph for the art directors M/M (Paris) and curating an exhibition of the work of the designer Richard Hollis that launched in London, toured to the Pompidou in Paris and concluded its international tour at Artists Space in New York. As well as being a contributing editor to The Gentlewoman, Emily writes for a range of publications including Frieze and Apartamento.