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Tooled up photographs for Art & Graft by John Hooper

I haven’t been away for three months just busy with on going projects and experimenting with more video and sound. They are all about to come to fruition. First up my friends at Art & Graft are … well I will let them explain below. I have been photographing the wonderful objects that have been produced. image

Tooled Up


As part of Shoreditch Design Triangle and London Design Festival, we are pleased to present Tooled Up, a group exhibition celebrating creativity, craft, inspiration and skill.

We’ve invited some of the most exciting artists, illustrators and designers working today, to take a recognisable tool of craft and apply their skill and ingenuity to transform it into a unique form. 

Whether it is using the nature of the item to inspire a print, reutilising a screwdriver to retrieve the last bit of paint from a tube or adding new forms onto the existing structure; the resulting prints, films and sculptures transcend the original tool to become exquisite objects in their own right. 

In turn, providing insight into the conceptual and practical methods of each of the contributors. As Joel Hopkinson notes the tools “hold the promise of things to come, the material realisation of the imagination; as if all the dumb inert matter in the world can be transformed with the elegant sweep of the expert.”

The exhibition is open Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 18:30 and Sat 12:00 - 18:00, with a late night opening on Tues 16th until 21:00. 


Craig & Karl
Daniel Eatock
Deanne Cheuk
Emily Forgot
Hisham Akira Bharoocha
Jody Barton
Joel Hopkinson
Kustaa Saksi
Marcus Reed
Merijn Hos
Neasden Control Centre
Peepshow Collective
Santuu Mustonen
Saskia Pomeroy

Image: Untitled by Merijn Hos. Photography John Hooper.