Welded Bliss

Tottenham residents and Cass students created a Wedding Arch from reclaimed scrap metal (aluminium) at a Bank Holiday weekend workshop led by Cass Free Unit Student Alexander Sarafian.

Date: 22 May 2014

Tottenham residents and Cass students created a Wedding Arch from reclaimed scrap metal (aluminium) at a Bank Holiday weekend workshop led by Cass Free Unit Student Alexander Sarafian. 

Sarafian has created a mobile aluminium foundry, for the purpose of transforming scrap metal into new objects, as part of his drive to celebrate the industrial history of Tottenham in north London and bring a sense of community to the area.

The workshop took place at Wellside Cafe, on the 4th May. Residents brought their own scrap and made moulds, melted the metal and carried out casting contributing the Wedding Arch.

A previous casting workshop, also part of In The Valley project established by Mark Brearley, was covered by design and local press including Design Week, the Haringey Independent and the Tottenham Journal.

From metalwork to fabric, local manufacturing has been a foundation for Tottenham and its communities since the turn of the 20th century. Today there are new plans to regenerate the borough, with promises of quality housing and job opportunities. With this in mind Sarafian is examining the potential of local craft once again, as a tool for development and a bright future in this troubled part of London.

‘Tottenham is a rapidly changing borough, with a rich manufacturing heritage, but current regeneration plans are failing to recognise the civic power of industry’, says Sarafian.


For more information about this project email sarafian.alexander@gmail.com

Read more in Design Week

News details

Venue: Wellside Cafe

Images

 Design
Design - For Wedding Arch

For Wedding Arch 

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Wedding Arch - Moulds

Moulds 

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Wedding Arch - Local Ministers Get Involved

Local Ministers Get Involved 

 Wedding Arch
Wedding Arch - Community Hands On

Community Hands On 

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Wedding Arch - Scrap Ideas

Scrap Ideas 

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Wedding Arch - At work on moulds

At work on moulds 

 Wedding Arch
Wedding Arch - Making an impression

Making an impression 

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Wedding Arch - Molten aluminium

Molten aluminium 

 Wedding Arch
Wedding Arch - Using everyday objects

Using everyday objects