Abbie Adams is a Designer and Curator, whose practice looks at the innate relationship between man and material, with specific interests in contemporary making and the intangible value of creative collaboration through craft. Her process follows a conceptual path and is concerned with materiality and narrative, and the materiality of narrative, with the practical expression centering around material based cooperation and learning. 

 

Her projects are characterised by experimental material investigations that are methodologically concerned with the relationships between craft and heritage, community, education, shared knowledge, and sustainable approaches to materiality. 

 

Her curatorial work promotes the importance of interdisciplinary exchange throughout the arts and its place within the preservations of skill, community, and the environment. In 2019 she launched Material Connections, an ongoing research project that investigated the value of creative collaborations across the arts. The first public installment, an exhibition and workshop series that debuted at London Design Festival, focused on contemporary craftspeople and practitioners who look to materials and making to engage in a wider conversation with cultural, social, and environmental sustainability.

Profesional Experience 

2020Vision, XYZ Exchange 

July 2020 (Ongoing)

Freelance Researcher 

The Koppel Project Campus 

January - July 2020

Curator of Learning 

Crafting Futures 

December 2019

Designer in Residence 

Material Connections 

September 2019

Curator 

The Koppel Project Central 

March - December 2019

Assistant Curator & Researcher 

50 Golborne Road 

February 2019

Freelance Designer 

CAVE Textiles 

September 2018 - April 2019

Freelance Designer / Maker 

The Koppel Project Baker Street 

July - December 2018 

Assistant Curator & Researcher 

Residencies / Awards 

Crafting Futures

The British Council 

Jingdezhen, China 

December 2019 

Under 25's 

Makerveristy 

London, UK 

January - July 2019

Winner of the Boisbuchet Residency Award

Domain De Boisbuchet 

Lessac, France 

August 2019

Once in a Lifetime Edition

MADE LABS

Syracuse, Italy

July 2019 

Edward Barnsley Scholarship

Edward Barnsley workshop

Petersfield, UK 

August 2012

Exhibitions 

Crafting Futures China

March 2020 (posponed) 

Fang Sou Commune, Chengdu, China

Solo Exhibition 

Material Connections 

September 2019

The Koppel Project Central, London, UK 

Group Exhibition 

Progress to Process

April 2019

Somerset House, London, UK 

Group Show

London Design Fair, CAVE Textiles  

September 2018

Truman Brewery, London, UK 

Trade Fair 

Brown Cube 

June 2018 

500,000

Group Show 

Picture This 

June 2018 

Central Saint Martins, London, UK 

Group Show

Workshops 

Crafting Futures; Experimentation & Innovation

December 2019

TXC Ceramic Academy, JDZ, China

The teYos Project; Vessel Casting 

September 2019 

The Koppel Project Central, London, UK 

The teYos Project; Vessel Casting

June 2019 

Makerversity, London, UK

 

Getting Started with Product Design

Vessel Casting 

March 2019

Somerset House, London, UK 

The teYos Project; Vessel Casting 

June 2018

CSM, London, UK 

 

Lectures 

Crafting Futures, Belfast Sharing Event

January 2020

Ulster Museum, Belfast, UK 

Digital // Craft, London Craft Week 

May 2019 

Somerset House, London, UK 

Progress to Process; Interwoven

April 2019

Somerset House, London, UK

Education 

Product Design Ba First Class (hons.) 

Central Saint Martins 

2015- 2018 

Foundation in Art and Design

City College Brighton & Hove 

2014- 2015

Press & Publications 
Goat Magazine: Issue 03
Conversations 
November 2020
Design Week 
Rejecting Functionality can help designers tell better stories.
September 2019
Selvedge Magazine: Issue 09
London Design Week: Material Connections 
September 2019
The Crafts Council
The Craft Edit: 11 Exhibitions to catch at LDF 
September 2019
Digital / Craft / Materials
Materials Media and Arts Technology 
Queen Marys University of London 
June 2019
Goat Magazine: Issue 01
The Philosophie of Niche 
January 2019