Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

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An exhibition celebrating the fun, quirky and anarchic British jewellery brand

Hove Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 5 March – Sunday 4 September 2022

FREE ENTRY

For immediate release

Media are invited to see the exhibition and meet Rosie Wolfenden MBE and Harriet Vine MBE from 10.30pm to 12pm on Saturday 5 March 2022 at Hove Museum and Art Gallery. Please RSVP to caroline.sutton@rpmt.org.uk 

Tatty Devine’s statement jewellery disrupted the fashion world with their unique designs which tell stories and generate conversation. This spring Misshapes: The making of Tatty Devine, will consider the power of creativity and innovative British design and making, alongside the glamour and humour that Tatty Devine are known for.

The exhibition celebrates design duo, Harriet Vine MBE and Rosie Wolfenden MBE, who met at Chelsea College of Art and founded Tatty Devine when they graduated in 1999. They soon started trading from a market stall in east London and developed a signature style that saw them lauded in Vogue and stocked in Harvey Nichols and Whistles within the year. They discovered laser-cut acrylic on a trip to New York in 2001. On their return, they invested in a laser-cutting machine, rarely used in jewellery at that time, which gave them a creative freedom to push the boundaries.

In the early years, Tatty Devine’s DIY, anarchic approach resonated with an industry and public who were hungry for something different from the commercialised, mass-produced products on offer. Turning disposable objects like guitar plectrums and cake decorations into playful personality-packed jewellery led to fans all over the world, as well as collaborations with some of the biggest cultural institutions in the UK, as well as celebrated artists and musicians alike: Peaches, Scarlett Curtis, Young Women’s Trust, Eve Appeal, Caroline Criado Perez, Lucy-Anne Holmes, Venus Libido, Gillian Wearing CBE, Sarah Millican, Poppy Chancellor, Rhyannon Styles, Kae Tempest and Viv Albertine.

Tatty Devine jewellery carries a strong feminist message and is known for making a statement. Jewellery is a very powerful way to spread messages and Tatty Devine loves to challenge what jewellery can be and do. Through its jewellery and campaigns Tatty Devine empowers its customers by giving them a medium to be political. For over twenty years Team Tatty has predominantly been made up of females, giving women space to enjoy creativity, jewellery and working together in a relaxed, uncompetitive, open and collaborative environment.

 

Twenty-three years after pioneering laser cut jewellery, all their pieces are still made by hand in the UK.  They remain culturally relevant as they continue to design bold pieces for campaigns close to their hearts, such as Fawcett Society, Comic Relief and Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and they are passionate advocates for the power of creativity.  Rosie and Harriet were awarded MBEs in 2013 for services to the fashion industry. Tatty Devine was voted one of the Cool Brands of 2021.

Rosie Wolfenden MBE said: “We are so excited for Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine to be opening in Brighton and Hove, a place that has always embraced everything Tatty Devine makes and stands for.”

 CEO of Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust Hedley Swain said: “We are so thrilled to have Tatty Devine at Hove Museum. Their work matches Brighton & Hove style beautifully, and we want to develop Hove Museum as the local home for creativity and making so this exhibition is a perfect match.”

 Misshapes will feature over 100 pieces from the past 23 years, from the early leather cuffs and piano belts to giant two metre versions of their ‘greatest hits’ including a huge lobster, parrot and dinosaur. The show will include sketchbooks, ephemera and two new films plus newer pieces which illustrate how Tatty Devine continues to embrace technology and cultural shifts.

 

A Tatty Devine and Crafts Council Touring Exhibition

 

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Contact information for press and media

For further information, images or interviews please contact Caroline Sutton on caroline.sutton@rpmt.org.uk or 01273 071296.

For urgent enquiries in my absence please contact marketing@rpmt.org.uk or 03000 290906.

 

For images of Tatty Devine jewellery, visit this Dropbox.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/llgj6bxkqpgdzap/AADYtgBynbwWKU-rlismyR2Qa?dl=0

 

Notes to Editors

 

Tatty Devine

Tatty Devine is an independent British business designing and manufacturing original jewellery in the United Kingdom. Their jewellery is made in Kent. Tatty Devine has two stores in London in Brick Lane and Covent Garden and is sold around the globe.

www.tattydevine.com

@tattydevinefanpage on Facebook

@tattydevine on Instagram and Twitter

 

Crafts Council

Founded in 1971 and incorporated by Royal Charter, the Crafts Council is a charity that promotes the advancement of contemporary craft. Through exhibitions, publications, education programmes, and curating the national Collection, we champion the UK’s foremost makers and present contemporary craft in new ways, challenging perceptions of what craft is and can be. Its work is made possible by the support of trusts and foundations, individual patrons, and corporate sponsors, and through public funding by Arts Council England.

www.craftscouncil.org.uk

@CraftsCouncilUK on Twitter and Facebook

@craftscouncil on Instagram

 

About Hove Museum & Art Gallery

 

Step into a world of toys, cinema, local history, and fine art. Hove Museum & Art Gallery, part of the Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust is a family friendly museum with one of the finest craft collections in the UK.

Free admission

19 New Church Road, Hove BN3 4AB Tel 03000 290900

Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1-4pm
Open Bank Holidays
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays