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In Conversation: Nehal El-Hadi and Bridget Harvey

A beige/white woolen jumper with colourful splodges all over
  • Written byCommunications Team
  • Published date01 February 2021
A beige/white woolen jumper with colourful splodges all over
Bridget Harvey, 'Jumper to Lend, Jumper to Mend#2', 2015. Woolen jumper, yarn

‘In Conversation’ is a series of online talks discussing design issues, research and creation from international perspectives, featuring designers from the UK and Canada. Hosted by DesignTO and in partnership with UAL and OCAD University (OCAD U).

In Conversation: Nehal El-Hadi and Bridget Harvey

21 September 5-6pm

The latest ‘In Conversation’ event features writer and researcher Nehal El-Hadi and artist and educator Bridget Harvey.

Nehal and Bridget will discuss how they see the world through objects, focusing on the craft and ethics of repair. Their discussion on repair will span many scales, from the object to the world at large, touching on environmental accountability, new economies and community.

Nehal El-Hadi is a writer, researcher and editor whose work explores the intersections of and interactions between the body, place, and technology. A science and environmental journalist by trade, she completed a PhD in Planning at the University of Toronto, where she studied the relationships between virtual and material public urban spaces. She is currently based in Toronto, where she is the Editor-in-Chief of Studio Magazine, a biannual publication dedicated to contemporary Canadian craft and design, and the Science + Technology Editor at The Conversation Canada, an academic news site.

Artist, maker and Acting Course Leader for MA Designer Maker at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, Bridget Harvey uses making to ask critical questions, generating new understanding and adding meaning through craft. She asks what we make, how we make it, and why that matters. She examines ideas like pace, repetition, playfulness and repair through her studio practice. Using found objects and materials like fired ceramics, wood, and textiles, she works interdisciplinarily to make provocative collectable artefacts. Bridget also does practice-based research, curates exhibitions, gives workshops and talks, and writes, and is an Associate Lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL.

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‘In Conversation’ is part of UAL’s ongoing collaboration with OCAD U as our 2 universities explore common areas of work around decolonisation and sustainability. Global design industry experts join staff, students and alumni from UAL and OCAD U for talks streaming online in March, April, May, June and September 2021.

The series is hosted by DesignTO: the Toronto-based non-profit arts organization that produces the DesignTOFestival. Canada’s leading and largest annual design week, it celebrates design as a form of creative thinking and making. In October 2020, UAL and OCAD U presented a joint programme for Art TO.