There's something about unfinished drawings, designer's models, and creative doodles and musings that is utterly compelling, which is why we're always first in line at the Prototypes and Experiments exhibitions that have been taking place over the last couple of years at the Aram Gallery in Covent Garden. And happily Casts and Moulds, the latest and sixth installment of the series, is perhaps the best yet.
Opening last week, Casts and Moulds focuses on casting and moulding as a means of manufacture, 14 designers - among them BarberOsgerby, Michelle Oh, and Max Lamb - share the trials, tests and experiments that go into the creation of their work. Product, furniture, jewellery and architecture are all represented with an array of prototypes that represent the different stages of their development.
The models on show expose the attention that goes into even the tiniest design details as well as demonstrating whole cast projects, but it's the shoes, noone will be too surprised to learn, that we homed in on fastest. Both Tracey Neuls and Marloes ten Bhomer's clever leatherwork and free-folded cardboard models give an entirely new insight into what goes on behind the scenes, a new appreciation of their fancy footwork to boot... All in all a show worth stepping out for.
Text: Henrietta Thompson
Images courtesy of Aram Gallery