Frocks from rocks at Talking Cities lecture series

Frocks from rocks at Talking Cities lecture series

The Birmingham University Talking Cities series got off to a fascinating start last night with a lecture by Professor Richard Weston, who used microscopic images of minerals and rocks to inspire his designs.

He detailed the images he has explored to make ‘frocks from rocks’, a range of scarves, and interior and architectural design.

Professor Weston, who combines a part time role at the University of Cardiff with running a digital design studio, also discussed new architectural projects that combine ‘the regularity of architecture and the particularity of nature’.

His scarf designs were chosen to be sold at London department store Liberty as part of an open design call.

Works of art
Professor Weston said: “The images that emerge when we scan at high resolution are incredible. Many look like works of art – something commented on in a leading French fashion blog – and launching them in Liberty was always my dream, given the store’s roots in the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau.”

The selection and manufacturing process will feature as part of a new television series The Next Big Thing on March 29.

Introducing his lecture, Professor Kathryn Moore said: “Over the last few years – at least 6, each time we met, Richard would show me the most amazing images he has found by scanning semi precious rocks.

“Over time the images have transformed into carpets, dresses, have been engraved on slate and glass, wrapped over rocks and encased in windows and bound onto concrete. At each stage the work has become more and more refined, yet also exuberant.”

Future talks
The Talking Cities series continues on March 9 with Clarity and Complexity in the Public Realm, a lecture by Robert Camlin on where land ends and landscape begins.

Chris Beardshaw will discuss Painting with Plants on March 16, detailing how to use planting to create aesthetically pleasing designs throughout the year.

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