INVITATION to plan an Islington Faces exhibition 2019

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Everyone has a story. You are invited to share ideas about how to make Islington Faces’ upcoming exhibition at Islington Museum in 2019 successful. Meetings are on Thursdays at the Blackstock Kitchen, 136 Blackstock Road (Sep 25, Oct 4, 11, 18 & 25). First meeting is this Thursday, 25 September, 11am-12noon.

Anyone is welcome! Come along and help suggest ideas to make this Islington Faces’ show a success.

Islington Faces is a blog where you’ll find interviews with people who live or work in Islington. There are more than 280 interviews. Interviews are mostly written by journalist Nicola Baird, but the portraits in the exhibition will be taken by Kimi Gill. The exhibition is due to be open to the public for approx two months in summer 2019 at Islington Museum – what an opportunity.

Come and help us plan by dropping into the cafe on Thursdays from 11am-12noon.

It’s a chance to showcase the amazing talent and diversity of people who live and work in Islington but your thoughts are needed, so please come and chat over coffee about what makes an unmissable show.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome, there’s a place to lock bikes on the junction with Monsell Road and if it’s sunny there’s a lovely garden. If you don’t know Nicola, then ask the owner Rohan to point her out.  Blackstock Kitchen is a lovely cafe and close to a bus stop.

Updates from three recent Islington Faces… please do share with people you know will find this info interesting.

Flora has her own plaque.

  1. Congratulations to Flora who is a stellar guardian for Islington Faces’ Robert Stuhldreer 

Book via Islington Boat Club website/ adult activities/ SUP

2) Rosie Markwick is running an East London adventure on paddle boards – starting from Islington Boat Club and heading to Limehouse. It’s on Sunday 30 September and you can book via here

Winning design in the Bolt Burdon Kemp competition.

3) Raquel Signaporia launched a competition in early 2018 to improve life for people using wheelchairs. The winner produced a fantastic new wheelchair design. Here is some more info about it:

The winner of law firm Bolt Burdon Kemp’s inaugural student design competition, ‘Getting Back on Track’ is Kristen Tapping, 36, second year product design student at London South Bank University produced the winning design – an innovative wheelchair, ‘Moveo’, which is designed to propel the user forwards by them pushing backwards – exerting less force and effort than a normal wheelchair. Kristen wins £3,000 prize money, plus £2,000 for her university.

This wheelchair was designed especially for people with a spinal cord injury and makes moving easy through gear reduction, lightweight yet high strength materials, and carefully designed to give the user more grip. With comfort in mind, intelligent textiles also help to regulate the users’ body temperature.

The purpose of the competition was for UK-based university students to design a product aimed at improving the lives of people with a spinal cord injury. Bolt Burdon Kemp, which acts for people with a spinal cord injury and helps them get their lives back on track, was looking for a design which was both unique and practical, and which really considered the needs of those with a spinal cord injury.

Kristen’s design was judged the winner by a panel of experts including Raquel Siganporia, head of the spinal injury team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, Dr Ross Head, Associate Professor at the University of Wales TSD Swansea and Product Design Manager of Cerebra Innovation Centre and Ian Hosking from Wheelchair Rugby Experience.

Commenting on the winning design, Raquel Siganporia, head of the spinal injury team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said:

“I was really impressed with a great number of the entries, but Kristen’s showed real understanding of the needs of people with a spinal cord injury. For many people with a spinal cord injury, their wheelchair is the most essential piece of equipment they use every day. To recognise the design’s shortcomings and come up with an innovative and viable alternative is no mean feat. In my role I see lots of people who have suffered life-changing spinal cord injuries – be it from an accident or as a result of clinical negligence.  In these instances, my client needs to adjust to their injury, their new mobility needs and get back to their ‘new normal’ as soon as possible – innovations like Kristen’s Moveo can really help.”