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Curator - designer Abbie Adams employs design thinking to reorientate behaviours towards reciprocal, cyclical futures. Her projects deal with recontextualising our relationships to materials; both ancient and contemporary.

 

She is the initiator of Material Connections (2019), a nomadic research project focused on material centred collaboration and learning, curating experiences where people are encouraged to walk in and follow their own journey, exploring the boundary intersections between, craft, design, art and science.

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 

 

Grants / Residnecies 

DCYP 
The Arts Council National Lottery Fund 
December 2020 

Crafting Futures

The British Council 
Jingdezhen, China 
December 2019 

Material Connections 
The Arts Council National Lottery Fund 
July 2019


Under 25's 
Makerveristy 
London, UK 
January - July 2019

Winner of the Boisbuchet Residency Award
Domain De Boisbuchet 
Lessac, France 
August 2018

Once in a Lifetime Edition
MADE LABS
Syracuse, Italy
July 2018 

Edward Barnsley Scholarship
Edward Barnsley workshop
Petersfield, UK 
August 2012

Exhibitions 

Great Conversations 
August 2021
Hive Holborn, London UK 
Group Exhibition


Every Woman Biennal 
June 2021
Copeland Gallery, London, UK 
Group Exhibition 

Crafting Futures China

March 2020 (postponed) 
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