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Northern Artists, designers gather to celebrate region’s distinct design

Anchorage Museum hosts Design Weekend and an exhibition of international posters


"June” illustration from the calendar “Shapes of 2016” by Camilla Drejer Andersen of Denmark (detail).

Image courtesy of the Anchorage Museum

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Northern artists and designers will create, share, learn and inspire each other in September at the Anchorage Museum during Design Weekend, a series of workshops, lectures and events that explore Alaska and the North’s visual identity.

Design Weekend encourages a new definition of what Alaska is visually by highlighting distinct local materials, voices, images, and ideas. Guest speakers include Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office, who spearheaded the successful rediscovery of the Charles and Ray Eames design heritage; Blair Lauren Brown, whose socially conscious jewelry and advocacy speak to her vision of connectivity in all things; and Ben Uyeda, who is the creative director of HomeMade Modern and co-founder of ZeroEnergy Design, a multi-disciplinary firm specializing in ecologically conscious housing.

Program highlights include Design Networking Speed Dating among design professionals and enthusiasts, lectures by designers making an impact on the global stage, workshop on making a pendant light with driftwood, sketchbook challenge, product fair, art activity on reflective wearables in Spark!Lab Smithsonian, and a design tour of museum exhibitions.

“We celebrate the creative process, including how art and design enhance contemporary life and ways of viewing the world,” said Anchorage Museum Director and CEO Julie Decker. “Design constructs a distinct North for the collective imagination. Feelings, memories, emotions, and collective values contribute to placehood. We champion a sense of sense of place in the North through design.”

The exhibition “61° Studio: Northern Design,” on view Sept. 2 through Jan. 7, serves as a backdrop for the Design Weekend activities. With posters by more than 30 designers from countries around the international North, this exhibition looks at graphic design throughout Northern countries — from Alaska in the United States to Iceland, Greenland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada and Russia.

The exhibition connects these places and hints at a global northern identity. Large posters highlight language, visual images and culture of the Circumpolar North. The works represent the activity of northern communities, images and type that reflect place and people, and an interest in design excellence at the top of the world.

Tickets to Design Weekend, Sept. 16 to 18, are $20 for a one-day pass, $50 three-day pass, and $400 institutional pass for up to 10 people. Scholarship opportunities are available. See anchoragemuseum.org/designweekend for details.

Design Weekend is supported by Davis Constructors & Engineers Inc., McCool Carlson Green, RSA Engineering Inc., RIM Design, RIM Architects, RIM First People, and R&M Consultants.


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