We are a part of the DesignLab Nation…
Last month our fantastic volunteers Tina and Janet hosted a visit by 30 students and teaching staff from Finham Park 2.
The visit was linked to the innovative DesignLab Nation programme run by the V&A which brings together schools, artists, and museums to explore the approach to design. This particular visit was part of a collaboration between the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and designer Gemma Potter, and we were delighted to be involved.
During the visit, the students were given an in-depth insight into the history of the weaving industry in Coventry to assist in their current project. They had also visited Warwickshire-based game studio Rare as their project challenged them to question what they view as playful and productive activities. By designing prototypes for analogue input and output devices, students could links between the 18th/19th century Coventry based weaving trade and the current game design industry.
You can delve more into the DesignLab Nation programme here.
Unlikely as it may seem, this isn’t the first blog post we’ve written with a connection between weaving and gaming!
All photographs ©Victoria and Albert Museum