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Tile Making with Yinka Ilori

Join artist and designer Yinka Ilori for a hands-on tile making and decorating workshop, inspired by Dutch wax prints and traditional Nigerian parables.

‘Yinka’s work tells a playful, humorous story,but look beneath and there’s a real richness and depth.’ Sir David Adjaye

What to expect

Yinka Ilori’s work draws on both his London upbringing and Nigerian heritage to tell stories through design, be it furniture, textiles or architecture. Following an introduction by Yinka into his work and the history of Dutch wax prints, participants will create their own tiles, using fabrics and paint to tell thought-provoking stories through different materials. Throughout the workshop, a talking drummer will provide a live sound-track and inspiration for the day.

At the end of the session, the tiles will be assembled together to discuss their design and the stories behind them. All the tiles will be available to take-away at the end of the workshop. Participants also have the opportunity to visit the Design Museum’s current exhibition David Adjaye: Making Memory during the day.

A Swimming Pool Of Dreams shot by Dan Weill

If Chairs Could Talk. 2015 shot by Veerle Evens

Photo by Andrew Meredith

Booking information

Adult: £60
Student/Concession: £50
Members: £50


Yinka Ilori

London-based artist Yinka Ilori specialises in telling stories through furniture, inspired by the traditional Nigerian parables and African fabrics that surrounded him as a child. Bringing Nigerian verbal traditional into playful conversation with contemporary design, Yinka Ilori’s work touches on various global themes that resonate with different audiences all over the world.


Richard Olatunde Baker

Richard Olatunde Baker is born of British-Nigerian parentage and is an accomplished African percussionist, workshop facilitator, engineer, producer and founder of the group Eardrum. He has also been a regular feature with the likes of Mulatu Astatke, Tony Allen, Anthony Joseph, Wunmi, Bukky Leo and Dele Sosimi, to name a few.

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David Adjaye: Making Memory

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