Bridging the Divide


Sarah Rhodes has been researching the role that practice plays in collaboration between designers and African grassroots craft producers, examining how craft and design practices can act as tools for communication and exchange. Exploring collaboration through making with two grassroots, Cape Town-based craft businesses—Imiso Ceramics and Kunye—a co-creation methodology for practice has developed, capitalizing on the differing skills, experiences, and cultures of those involved, resulting in the Iqhina tableware and Inkuku jewelry collections. Sarah discusses the context for this research in more detail in the recently published book Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective.

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  • Sarah Rhodes

    Dr Sarah Rhodes is a practice based design researcher at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Her AHRC-funded, practice based PhD reframed collaboration between designers and African craft producers through the lens of design process. Her jewellery has been exhibited international and her publications include chapters in Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (Skinner, 2013) and Cultural Threads: Transnational Textiles Today (Hemmings, 2014). 

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