Meet the Yodomo makers at New Designers 2019

Drop-in demos and workshops with Julia Clarke, La Basketry and Shoorah Shoorah

Visit the Yodomo room at this year’s New Designers graduate show. Experience basket weaving and creative rope knotting with Yodomo instructors Julia Clarke, Tabara N’Diaye from La Basketry and Sian McLachlan from Shoorah Shoorah.

New Designers is a leading showcase of design talent, presenting the work of 3,000 graduates from around the UK. Hosted at London’s Business Design Centre across two weekends (26 June – 29 June & 3 - 6 July) the show explores every discipline of modern making.

Part of the New Designers talks and events programme, the Yodomo room will offer visitors and exhibitors the chance to meet three of our instructors, learn about their independent craft businesses and try out weaving and knotting techniques.

Yodomo Drop-In Workshops & Demos

Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, London, N1 0QH
Saturday 29 June 2019
12.00 – 3.00pm

Suitable for all skill levels
Free to attend as part of your ticket to New Designers. Just turn up!

Save 20% on advance day ticket prices using the promo code ND010 , offer expires 25 June.
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Meet the Yodomo Makers

Sian McLachlan, founder of Shoorah Shoorah

Sian McLachlan is a jewellery designer and founder of Shoorah Shoorah who creates bright and bold designs from rope and cord. She uses functional knots in bold colours and repetitive forms to create pieces that raise a smile and make a statement.

What one piece of advice would you give to new designers?

“I always remind myself that done is better than perfect. When I'm creating my designs and promoting my brand, I find I can tie myself in knots, hoping I will reach a point where I am 100% satisfied. But this wastes valuable time and opportunities you can be sharing, sitting with your designs, getting feedback and refining your work. And it gets you out of your head and back into the world!”

Julia Clarke, artist and educator

Julia Clarke creates sculptures for indoor and outdoor spaces. She works with willow, both dried and living, with wire, steel, paper, and ceramic. Natural materials and environmental concerns are an important element of her work and the rhythm of weaving and using tactile materials is important to her process.

What one piece of advice would you give to new designers?

Just keep making... to the point that you exhaust an idea. Even things that don’t work so well at first will provide inspiration later.

Tabara N'Diaye, co-founder of La Basketry

Tabara N'Diaye is a basket weaver and co-founder of La Basketry, a homeware brand which specialises in baskets designed in collaboration with a group of female artisans in her native Senegal. She is on a mission to bring attention to some of the world's most ancient crafts with basketry techniques and modern creations that will inspire and delight.


New Designers runs 26 June – 29 June & 3 - 6 July at London’s Business Design Centre.

Save 20% on advance day ticket prices using the promo code ND010 , offer expires 25 June. #ND19 @newdesigners