Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

28 Feb 2020 – 31 Mar 2020

Regular hours

11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 17:00

Stephen Lawrence Gallery

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 129: North Greenwich – Greenwich 177: Thamesmead – Peckham 180: Belvedere – Lewisham 188: North Greenwich – Russell Square 199: Canada Water – Catford 286: Sidcup – Greenwich 386: Blackheath – Woolwich Arsenal
  • Cutty Sark DLR station (two minutes)
  • The closest train station to Stockwell Street is Greenwich Station (a four-minute walk). There is also a regular boat service offered by Thames Clippers which stops next to the Old Royal Naval College (the older university campus), near to the Heritage Gallery. It runs from Westminster and stops at other locations along the route, taking around 35 minutes in total.

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Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine is the first solo show about Tatty Devine exploring entrepreneurship, innovative British making, and the power of creativity.


Tatty Devine’s founders Rosie Wolfenden and Harriet Vine set up a market stall in Spitalfields Market in the late 1990s. Together they challenged jewellery conventions and in 2001 a trip to New York led them to discover laser cut acrylic. At that point, a disruptive technology laser cutting unleashed a whole new set of creative possibilities and ideas.

On their return to the UK, they invested in a laser cutting machine, going on to create personality-packed jewellery much loved and still culturally relevant 20 years on. Their DIY, unknowingly anarchic approach resonated with industry and public who were hungry for something different from the commercialised, mass-produced products on offer.

Turning throwaway disposable objects like scraps of leather and guitar plectrums into jewellery not only landed the brand in Vogue magazine but also in the hearts of loyal fans all over the world. Creativity, self-expression and hand-making are at the heart of their work. Tatty Devine’s statement jewellery is constantly ahead of the curve—able to tell stories and generate conversation.Collaborations have allowed the duo to become markers of the time they were made in: Tatty Devine have worked closely with musicians, artists, designers and brands from Gilbert and George to Belle and Sebastian—all people they feel closely connected to.

The exhibition features over 100 pieces from the past 20 years, from the early leather cuffs and piano belts to giant two-metre versions of their ‘greatest hits’ including a lobster, their magpies and a huge banana, alongside sketchbooks, photos, flyers, and two newly commissioned films.


Tatty Devine

Exhibiting artists

Tatty Devine


University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street Building

London, United Kingdom

Hosted by

University of Greenwich Galleries

University of Greenwich Galleries

London, United Kingdom

Supported by

Crafts Council


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