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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.”

It’s Nice That profiles Makers’ Residency

Maisie Willoughby, Creative Producer at Wieden+Kennedy London, spoke to the lovely folks at It’s Nice That ahead of the latest Makers’ Residency, launching on April 26. Mixed media artist Gutless Wonder will take up residency this week, culminating in an exhibition at our Hanbury Street office on May 4.

Maisie told It’s Nice That: “Gutless wonder felt like a contemporary addition to the curation given her use of modern technique. She is the optima of modern craft, exactly what Wieden+Kennedy hopes to celebrate through Makers’ Residency.”

You can read the full article here.

For tickets to the exhibition, please contact makers.residency@wk.com.