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The Future Perfect Company supports and promotes creative businesses and has a focus on ageing through its flagship student design project, Designing for the Future.

Founded by former lawyer, Philippa Aldrich in 2009, the company has run the Designing for the Future project for hundreds of UK design students and supported many graduates and start up creative businesses through the DFF Network.

ABCD Cultural Recovery Plan – Brighton

I am pleased to share that I have been invited to work on the Engine Group strand of Brighton's ABCD Plan for Cultural Recovery which represents the ideas and input of over 100 creative professionals who contributed to a consultation process last year. The ABCD Plan starts from the knowledge that creative businesses and workers will be at the forefront of the city’s recovery, that we have a strong infrastructure to work with and that there are unique opportunities in Brighton and Hove for our thinking to be radical and inclusive. Participants in the consultation process to date brought enormous insight and experience,

Stylish yet comfortable shoes – the ultimate list?

I have been keeping this list of stylish but comfortable women's shoes for some years. In that time, brands have come and gone and Hotter has dominated the High Street. I was recently contacted by Calla, who specialise, rather gloriously, in "shoes for bunions". Rather refreshing to cut to the chase like that. And photographs on the website of real feet. Take a look and let me know what you think. Is this still the definitive list of stylish but comfortable women’s shoes or do you have some more favourites to add? 1. Marks & Spencer  Comfortable shoes in smart

Alison Lapper – new exhibition focussing on mental health

I have been very fortunate to be working recently with the remarkable artist, Alison Lapper OBE on the Enable project with Jem Ryan at the University of Brighton. Alison has an upcoming exhibition - "Out of our Minds" - at the Hackney Picture House in Mare Street this month where alongside artists Albert Laszlo Haines and Gerald O'Dowd, she is exploring issues around mental health. "Out of our Minds" aims to bring an end to the stigma of those surviving with mental health conditions, finding ways to heal and help each other by putting the spotlight on mental health recovery

2019 – Exciting year for DFF and MAF artists & makers

Our Designing for the Future and Michael Aldrich Foundation artists and makers had an exceptional year in 2019: Brighton artist and ceramist Jack Durling, has had work stocked at galleries in Hove and London, completed an amazing collaborative art project with Blind Veterans UK, exhibited at Designer | Maker | Artist | Poet and at various art fairs throughout the country.  And he has been chosen as one of the Craft Council's selected makers for the Hothouse 2020 programme. Designer Tom Meades successfully launched the first GOMI recycled plastic speakers, exhibited at Designer | Maker | Artist | Poet, created 50

Tommy Sissons

As part of this Summer's community art event, Designer | Maker | Artist | Poet, the Michael Aldrich Foundation commissioned poet, Tommy Sissons to write a poem about plastic pollution to complement designer, Tom Meades' work with the Saturday Fashion Club. Tommy Sissons is an award-winning poet, lyricist, playwright and educator. Shortlisted for the 2018 Outspoken Award for poetry and winner of the 2014 Slambassadors national slam champion, he was first runner-up in the 2016 Roundhouse Poetry Slam and a two-time regional Hammer and Tongue slam champion. Having performed in venues across Europe, he is the poet-in-residence of Channel 4's

Recycling plastic with National Saturday Club

As part of my new role with the Michael Aldrich Foundation, last weekend was spent at the Saturday Fashion Club at the University of Brighton turning plastic waste into beautiful fashion  accessories. The Saturday Fashion Club has been running for 12 years and is part of the National Saturday Club founded by designers John and Frances Sorrell. The Club has developed significantly over the years and now works with 14 to 16-year olds who attend local partner secondary schools who may not come from traditional university backgrounds – being the first generation in the family to access HE or living in

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