Design has a real knack of forcing you to engage with the World in different ways - always playing about with your perceptions of what you find familiar.
If you visited designjunction as part of London Design Festival 2016 last week, you might have stumbled into the Dyslexic Design monopoly house in Granary Square and seen homeware, art and illustration from a completely different angle. Never one to read before I look, I wandered about the exhibition amazed by the beautiful and disruptive work on show before I realised the common thread between the designers was dyslexia.
Dyslexic Design took the work of ten designers and showed how their designs and signature styles had been made possible by the completely unique creative thinking of a dyslexic mind, changing the perception of dyslexia as a disability to a creative advantage.
Here's a little example of what was on show:
Tina Crawford - Thread Drawn Illustrations
Tina has developed her own completely unique approach to illustration - replacing paper and pencil with fabric and sewing machine, and moving the sewing machine instead of the fabric to create her fluid designs. Her illustrations have the immediacy and touch of a sketch, but with the charming wobbles of the sewing machine that add personality to each piece.
Tom Raffield - Steam-Bent Wooden Lighting & Furniture
Empowered by his unique way of seeing the world, Tom developed his own method of steam bending wood so that he could create complex 3D bends to sculpt his signature tangled lampshades, inspired by trees and organic forms. Standing underneath them looking up really made you feel like you were wandering in a forest.
Kristjana S Williams - Fine Art
I've been a mad fan of Icelandic-born artist Kristjana S Williams for a while now and dream of jumping into one of her pieces and living in her cartophilic world swarming with dream-like flowers and animals. Her fantastical style is totally perception-shifting and there's a greediness about each piece that is hard not to get lost in.
Take a moment to pop over to the Dyslexic Design website and look at all the other incredible designers in the exhibition.
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