“A Second Look” at the Hasler Gallery, North Finchley

Designers Leigh Cameron and Yemi Awosile used colour charts and examples of printed paper as the starting point for their work at the Hasler Gallery.  Their brief was to develop a piece or body of work inspired by the Silver Studio and Hasler collections.

Leigh Cameron’s work explores concrete, & the idea of challenging our perceptions of this ancient material. His work straddles the artistic, industrial & commercial, through a variety of different scales & forms from public art & furniture to smaller, more domestic pieces including jewellery.

Yemi Awosile presented “The Packaging Series” a new range of textiles accessories designed to celebrate print and process in everyday materials. It was inspired by paper-based ephemera collected by graphic designer Charles Hasler during the 1960s. This new body of work plays of the juxtaposition of form and function and the interactive nature of packaging.


On first appearance, the sources they used as inspiration – colour charts and examples of printed paper – seem like quite a mundane choice, the kind of everyday design which is often overlooked or thrown away. But it was in this area that Charles Hasler sought inspiration.  He was an avid collector of everyday objects, some of which he incorporated and transposed into his own work as a graphic designer.Leigh and Yemi followed his path, showing that taking a second look at seemingly insignificant things can take you on a productive and at times unexpected journey. Their process of exploration contains a kind of alchemy, making the familiar no longer feel familiar.This commission was a collaborative project initiated by the North Finchley Town Team in a joint venture with the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA), funded by the Mayor’s Office Outer London Fund and the London Borough of Barnet.

The Hasler Gallery

 
The Hasler Gallery was established to support creative practice in Barnet through the exhibition of work made by individuals and institutions based in the area. It was part of a wider regeneration programme called “Ten Grand Arcade,” lead by North Finchley Town Team.
In 2015, the Town Team worked with the London Borough of Barnet to restore the Grand Arcade to its former glory.  The original tiling and Art Deco shop fronts are a few of its charms. By placing the arts within the wider regeneration project for North Finchley, the Town Team hopes to support and build on the growing creative industries sector within the Borough.

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