Artist cover by Lisa King in Montcalm East
This year, Montcalm East will celebrate the London Design Festival with a 3-month takeover by East London artist Lisa King, launching in September. The revival will include an art installation at the hotel, a retail pop-up as well as a floral print workshop.
‘The Tallest Flower’ by Lisa King pop-up – September-November
Renowned London artist, Lisa King, will take over Montcalm East for 3 months with an installation entitled “The Tallest Flower”. The takeover includes a hanging installation of 22 large-scale printed silk wall hangings that will cover the front facade of the hotel alongside video projections, workshops and retail spaces inside. The film and prints were created in collaboration with the community of Lisa East London and Montcalm East therefore provides the perfect setting to showcase them.
London-based print artist Lisa King was born and raised in Bangkok. She sees the world through a unique graphic vision and is enormously inspired by nature, fascinated by people and influenced by her cross-cultural upbringing. She takes an investigative approach to her work, using experimental creative processes to convey an emotional response in print. His work can be characterized as bold, dynamic and plays with ideas of dichotomy and deconstruction.
Lisa’s work challenges conventional notions of floral art and print design. The suspended fabric panels will each represent a flower, overlapping another as if dancing on delicately printed silk, highlighting the importance of nature while underlining its fragility. Lisa’s flower photography documents her travels between London and Asia, as well as time spent in her east London studio, shared with two working florists who continually inspire her work.
With photography as the main theme running through the entire hotel, the front desk will screen Lisa’s film throughout the takeover to welcome guests. The film features Lisa’s muses of the London dance community, their forms layered under Lisa’s experimental inks, immersing color in water. As a dancer herself, movement and music greatly influence Lisa’s print work. East London-based singer Anna Pancaldi and producer Olivier Price collaborated on the soundtrack with lyrics as an ode to Lisa’s late mother.
Lisa will be bringing her coveted floral print products to a retail pop-up in Montcalm East. From scarves to art prints and signature floral t-shirts, customers will be able to shop products normally exclusive to Lisa’s international retail partners in the UK for the first time. EarthPositive 100% organic cotton t-shirts are produced in London, using a water-waste free printing process. Shirts are made in a Fair Wear Foundation verified ethical manufacturing facility powered by renewable green energy from low impact raw materials.
Lisa King Floral Print Workshop – 11am-2pm, September 17 (GBP 150 per person)
On LDF’s first weekend, Lisa will host a floral print workshop allowing attendees to create their own bespoke piece of art, using real flowers. Lisa’s collections are stocked by some of the world’s leading retailers and she has collaborated with several top brands such as Fortnum & Mason, United Arrows Japan, Prada, Pernod Ricard, Bergdorff Goodman and Nike. The workshop will be a unique opportunity to create a bespoke floral print, alongside the artist herself, to enjoy at home.
The workshop will begin by learning about Lisa’s alternative approach to print design and pattern making, followed by a demonstration sharing the methods she developed to create her signature style flowers. She will then talk about deconstructing a variety of flowers and arranging them into a pattern, before giving the reins to participants to create their own. Each design will then be photographed, then developed and polished into a print-ready design. Participants will receive a high resolution A3 print of their creation 3-5 days after the event to be able to frame it at home.
The London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. This year, the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and returns to the capital from September 17 to 25, 2022 with a stimulating program of events, exhibitions and installations.
Montcalm East, Autograph Collection, is a new generation of hotels, on a mission to support its vibrant east London neighborhood by providing a creative hub for guests and visitors. Renowned for its creative partnerships that champion its surrounding neighborhood, Montcalm East will showcase specially commissioned textiles and prints by Lisa King for 3 months and host a panel discussion on how creative partnerships can benefit hospitality.
Notes to Editors
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