CURATED BY ISABELLE BELANGER
enliven: connecting with archives
Design plays a crucial role in transforming archival material from a static collection of historical artefacts into a dynamic and engaging narrative. By creatively utilising colour, motifs, and other design elements, designers can enliven archival material, making it more accessible and captivating for contemporary audiences.
‘Enliven: Connecting with Archives’ focuses on the interplay between design and archival research. This project explores the heritage of the work and archives in their safe space and how we can create environments for dialogue.
The project begins with an engaging workshop led by the GSA Archives and Collections team with support from designers Anita Sarkezi, Isla Fowler, and Niamh Clement. The workshop promises a valuable opportunity for knowledge exchange through the lens of these brilliant designers on unique objects from the collections.
‘Enliven: Connecting with Archives’ concludes with an installation featuring textile works by Anita, Isla, and Niamh, bringing forth an opportunity to juxtapose the archives with contemporary textile design. The works help bridge the gap between heritage and innovation, showcasing textiles inspired by such archives.