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Curro Coronel joins Makers’ Residency

Hat maker Curro Coronel is the fifth artist to work live in Makers’ Residency, our pop-up creative workspace and gallery.

The Spanish hatter will work in our public facing window in Hanbury Street from today (May 10), culminating in an exhibition on May 18. The residency is being livestreamed at makersresidency.com.

Curro is inspired by his upbringing in a small Spanish town where many families made money through tin, silver and lead mines. The hat maker uses these materials throughout all of his collections, which are constructed using traditional tools and techniques.

Tony Davidson, Executive Creative Director at Wieden+Kennedy London, said: “Curro has infused his work with the rich heritage of his upbringing in the Spanish mining town of Linares. He uses materials and processes inspired by the life of the miners and his own family. While his work feels free and organic in its form, Curro is an uncompromising craftsman, every detail has been carefully explored and considered, making him a perfect addition to Makers’ Residency.”

Curro added: “Makers’ Residency is a great way to give people a real insight into my creative process and see my work and techniques live.”

Wieden Academy

Yesterday saw W+K London go back to school as Wieden Academy opened for our annual Founders’ Day celebrations.

Classes were enrolled in traditional subjects with the occasional twist. Art became a life painting relay, chemistry was an excuse for a few drinks and home economics was more bun fight than Bake Off. Following a fiercely contested tug-of-war, with a few suspicious burly ringers putting in an appearance, the class with the most house points was rewarded with a well-deserved day off.

Dinner, drinks and dancing followed, with a surprise performance by Artful Dodger, dragging us back to the heady days of early UK garage. 

We had a brilliant day and night. Thank you Braxted Park for having us and Highjam for helping organise. And Artful Dodger for getting a lot of people pretty sweaty in a tent. 

The triumphant team