The Jaguarshoes Collective, an art and design group, have announced an event called "Industrial Origami - Art of Transformable Design," and the guest speaker will be Transformers designer Alex Kubalsky! Kubalsky has designed quite a few Deluxe-class Transformers, including possibly the best entries in the Classics and Universe lines: Bumblebee, Mirage, and Hound. You can hear see an exhibit of his work, Transformers and otherwise, at the Shoreditch Station in London, UK, between now and November 1st. Keep reading for some sample images!
Destined to be produced by a toy company later this year the new design will feature as part of Alex Kabulsky’s product showcase and talk during design week, titled ‘Industrial Origami’ at old Shoreditch and subsequently as part of an exhibition at DreamBagsJaguarShoes.
For more than 30 years transformation has been a staple part of the pop cultural landscape in the shape of ‘Transformers’ a toy and movie franchise, born in 1984 which grew from Japanese designed Takara toys, rebranded and distributed in the USA as Transformers.
However, the art of transformation design is an ancient practice, rooted in the well documented paper folding traditions of origami.
Today this highly specialised practice is permeating the design of both purposeful and frivolous objects in society. Since metropolitan living grows increasingly dense within it’s confined spaces, it is an art form that will continue to grow across all mediums.
JaguarShoes Collective believe that this design practice is long overdue some well deserved admiration and celebration. Therefore we will be hosting a talk and Q&A on 24th September alongside an exhibition of work by prop and toy designer Alexander Kubalsky.
An accomplished product designer Alex specialises in the art of Transformable design and is commissioned by numerous commercial clients inc. Hasbro, Warner Films and many other multinational toy and film franchises.
For anyone with a love of Transforming, a desire to introduce this art to their practice or to pursue and career designing transforming objects… we recommend that you book a ticket in advance.
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