Duro Olowu is a collector: his practice as a fashion designer is informed by the ever-expanding range of textiles, artworks, found objects and ephemera he has amassed over the course of his career. In 2016, Olowu curated Making and Unmaking at Camden Arts Centre; we were commissioned by Camden Arts Centre and co-publisher Ridinghouse to design a publication to accompany the exhibition.
Olowu’s curation brought together diverse and unconventional objects and works, but certain aspects of the exhibition remained traditional; our design for the book highlights this tension between the traditional and the contemporary. Text pages are laid out in a classic way, with generous margins to the top and bottom, but with oversized page numbers. The use of a serif font is traditional in this context, but we chose a highly contemporary cut with unusual stresses, and the type on the cover is bold and heavy, like a protest poster, referencing the political themes running through the exhibition. The large, folded jacket references the textiles throughout the show.