The Blue Innovations exhibition, part of London Craft Week, showcases the work of contemporary Czech designers who create exceptional, high quality hand-made items using traditional indigo printing techniques for decorating fabrics. It will also introduce these techniques, which have been integral to Czech culture for centuries and are now on UNESCO‘s lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
The exhibition presents contemporary Czech indigo printing and dyeing production and the only two remaining block printing workshops in the Czech Republic (in Olešnice in Moravia and in Strážnice) via photography, video and the components used for printing while focusing on unique interpretations of the traditional methods.
A craft which has been tested over the centuries is reflected in the work of the Blue Innovations’s curator Alice Klouzková who has collaborated with some of the most talented and specialised craftspeople in the country. Her work will be complemented by that of contemporary Czech fashion designers Monika Drápalová, Petra Valentová, Martina Dvořáková and students of the Studio of Textile Design at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.