VERA, Chapter One

Lisbon, Portugal, December 2011. From the 24th of February to the 25th March 2012, Fabrica Features Lisbon will present Vera, Chapter One, a multi-disciplinary show evolving around a fictional character. Orchestrated by Kirsty Minns (KM), one of the young designers hosted at Fabrica, and French designer Érika Muller (ÉM). This first chapter, was launched during the London Design Festival in September 2011 and is part of an on-going project. Exploring a literacy approach to design, this exhibition will show a surprising and eclectic body of work, including product design, illustration, graphics and olfactory design, by some emerging international talent. Stepping away from the mass-market design approach which mainly produces for the average and standard end-consumer, the initial thinking process behind each of these pieces is a response to one individual. And that individual is Vera. Vera is a fictional character based on a series of photographs from a girl’s family found a few years ago in a second hand shop in Brighton. This group of artists and designers have been commissioned to respond to one image from the series in order to create the first chapter of Vera’s fictive and collaborative biography. Vera’s material and sensorial world is brought into reality through this speculative body of work. The exhibition room is her intimate space into which the visitor is invited to discover an original series of suppositional artifacts.