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Maham Anjum.

Joint Efforts

September 22 - December 23, 2018

Maham Anjum, Handwork Studio, MSDS Studio, and Lexie Owen

Curated by Melanie Egan

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Artists and designers adopt a collaborative working process because it is integral to their personal ethos and practice.

The joint efforts of these artists and designers are as varied as the collaborative process itself. They work in partnerships, collectives and communities. MSDS collaborates with industry and technology to refine production, Maham Anjum works with London restaurateurs to produce distinctive tableware that relates to the cuisine, Handwork Studio empowers marginal communities to keep alive age-old textile traditions, and Lexie Owen facilitates engagement with local neighbourhoods and businesses through making and exhibition projects.

These like-minded artists and designers mutually agree to the collaborative process and believe the work they create is made stronger through shared knowledge and cooperative decision-making. They are committed to the viewpoint that their projects and objects benefit from collective expertise and experience.


Maham Anjum is a designer specializing in ceramic tableware. She designs and manufactures in her North London workshop and studio, working with both factories and producing bespoke ranges of tableware. She has designed exclusive collections of tableware in a variety of ceramic materials for high-end restaurants in Europe and the Middle East. Working closely with chefs such as Vineet Bhatia, Jamie Oliver for Barbecoa Piccadilly (London), Asma Khan Darjeeling Express, JKS Hoppers, Vivek Singh Cinnamon Club Restaurants (London), Ember London, Tickton Grange Hotel (UK), Coya Restaurants, House of Lavan (Kuwait) and Rochini (Austria).

Anjum is a graduate of Central Saint Martins, London, with a BA Hons and an MA in Ceramic Design and an MPhil at the Royal College of Art, London, in Ceramics. She is a visiting lecturer at Central Saint Martins, in Ceramic Design.

Anjum has designed tabletop ranges for Jamie Oliver at Home and collections for David Mellor, Mary Portas at House of Fraser, Habitat, Folklore, Future and Found. She has designed tableware for Narumi Japan. She is a consultant with Royal Crown Derby in the UK on new surface effects on Bone China. Anjum has developed craft revival projects in Sri Lanka, India and Ethiopia. She is currently working on projects with factories and upcoming restaurants in the UK, Europe and Middle East.


Handwork Studio (Munira Amin and Rachel MacHenry) operates at the intersection of craft, commerce, research and design, mobilizing high levels of skill to sustain local communities while re-contextualizing traditional techniques within a contemporary design aesthetic. With ongoing connections in Pakistan, Nepal, India, Haiti, Peru and Chile, the studio provides contemporary design support for artisan-based production. The studio offers design and technical consultation and collaborative training to a variety of artisan-focused enterprises including government ministries and trade facilitation offices, import and design companies, artisan organizations and international development institutions. Handwork Studio is committed to design innovation through socially and environmentally sustainable methods.


MSDS Studio is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary design practice that works in interior, furniture, lighting, and product design. The Studio was founded in 2011 by Jessica Nakanishi and Jonathan Sabine. Clients include Aesop, Flùr, Shopify, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Toronto), and the duo have designed pieces for brands including Muuto, Umbra Shift, Normann Copenhagen, Woud, and Nienkamper.


Lexie Owen is an emerging artist based in Vancouver, BC. Owen’s work bridges disciplines, exploring notions of participation, labour, visibility, legitimacy, and the strange particularities of living with, and attempting to claim agency within, the structures of late-capitalism. Since 2015 she has practiced as Artist-in-Residence at Burrardview Park Fieldhouse, through the City of Vancouver’s Fieldhouse Studio Residency program. Focusing on strategies that disrupt the hierarchies of power often implicit in community-oriented work, Owen has developed numerous significant works while in residence, including itinerant community-based curatorial project WNDW Gallery, durational maintenance performance ODD JOBS, and most recently the multi-site exhibition Corner Store.


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