Neringa Studio was set up in London by Neringa Dastoor (b.1978, Lithuania) after her MA at the Royal College of Art in 2013.
As a mixed media artist I mainly produce contemporary interior artefacts. I illustrate with objects, mainly drawing on textiles or objects that may have derived from the drawings on textiles. The poetics of the object and the paint leads to investigation of new meanings of how I (we) inhabit and understand the world.
My first solo exhibition of the Drawings on Fabric was at the Horse Hospital, 2015. Other past projects include short film Metaqua, screened at the BBC Worldwide HQ, 2014/2015; an interactive installation Metaqua (responsive water station, made in collaboration with Jaap de Maat), exhibited at TATE Modern as part of Queen Elizabeth Engineering Price Awards Ceremony, 2013; and Unidentify, a large scale fake concrete flying carpet (hung above the audience to illustrate the Internet), exhibited at the Royal College of Art, 2012.
Currently used materials are home made oak gall ink and brushes, occasionally replaced by carpenter's pencils, tailor's chalk, permanent markers or liquid pencil. Textiles slow down the drawing process due to individual textures, weight or thickness making each piece completely unique.
I am particularly attracted to Catherine Malabou’s (b.1959) philosophy, who looks at the affairs including neuroscience and psychoanalysis through the phenomenon of trauma. I cannot separate researched information from human experiences, so I am drawn to her concept of plasticity (re: formation, re: shaping) vs flexibility (adaptation to anything new). I believe in the former: plasticity as a given constant for moving on, for the change, for being able to make one's own decisions – meaning ultimate autonomy. Having grown up in the Soviet Union this probably has more significance to me than anyone else, but I feel it is still extremely relevant in today's society.
2017 Drawing Poetry, Artist Residency Show, Centre for Recent Drawing, in partnership with Poetry School, London
2017 Letters & Markers, part of the London Architecture Festival, 5 day pop up installation, 4 visiting cross-disciplinary artists’ talks, with public participation
2016 Artists Open Studios, Kingsgate Workshops, London
2015 Drawings on Fabric, The Horse Hospital, London (solo show)
2015 Metaqua, short film screening, BBC Worldwide London HQ, Winner Creative Challenge, London
2013 Letters From Dew: Please Stay in Touch, an interactive installation with a voice over kindly recorded by artist Lawrence Weiner, poetry in collaboration with writer& film director Anastasia Kirillova, Sustain RCA, London
2013 Metaqua, Interactive installation, in collaboration with Jaap de Matt,
group exhibition including Heatherwick Studio, as part of the Queen Elizabeth Engineering Award Prize Awards Ceremony, TATE Modern, London
2013 Metaqua, final degree show, Royal College of Art, London
2013 Future of the Poster, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2013 Unidentify, work-in-progress show, Royal College of Art, London
2012 Interrupted, group show, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art
2011 Emerge, best of graphic design graduates show, London
2011 BA degree show, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool
2010 12.586, artists Katriona Beales & Nina Edge, Bluecoat, Liverpool
2009 That Light, short film screening, selected for Liverpool Film Night, FACT
Curating, Workshops, Talks, Residencies, Articles (2009 – date)
As part of my on-going research I curate events, plan and organise workshops both with public in galleries and students in universities, do residencies, facilitate discussions but also do talks and write articles (occasionally share those).
2017 Forthcoming, September 29th, (a video) Talk for Instruments and Data The Theatre of Measurement, FACT, Liverpool
2017 Drawing Poetry, Artist Residency (1 month), Centre for Recent Drawing in Partnership with Poetry School, London
2017 Letters & Markers, London Festival of Architecture. In response to this year's theme memory, organised and ran travelling workshops/pop up exhibition in collaboration with public in 5 days, facilitated talks with 4 guests in 3 locations
2017 An article for UnMakingThings about Letters & Markers, read it here
2016 On Visual Communication, guest talk & workshop with BA communication & photography students. Richmond, The American International Uty, Rome
2014 Type as Image, a talk and a workshop with young teens in response to Artist Shinko Ohtake's work. Parasol Unit Gallery, London
2014 Identity: Objects & Space, a workshop with BA communication design students and facilitated talk with guest Anna Nazo, Richmond, The American International Uty
2014 Experimental Typography: A to Z. Presented research as a talk and ran workshops with BA fashion communication students, Liverpool John Moores University
2013 Metaqua, a curated symposium, Royal College of Art
2011 Type & Object, a talk and a workshop with BA graphic design students, University for Creative Arts, Epsom, London
2010 Screen Print Your Movie Poster, a hands on screen-printing workshop with public all ages, in collaboration with artist Sam Meech
2010 Hand-Stories, a workshop day with local Liverpool communities, in collaboration with artist Neil Winterburn
2009/2010 Narrative in Stop-Motion Animation, a workshop with teenagers making stop-motion animation, Liverpool John Moores University
2009 Collecting Memories with Liverpool local communities, in collaboration with an art organisation ReDock, Liverpool
I am a member of Textiles Hub London, Graphic Design Educator’s Network (GDEN), Member of Typographic Circle, Fellow of HEA and RCA Alumna.
2013 MA, Visual Communication, Royal College of Art, London
2011 BA (1st Class Hons), Graphic Arts, Liverpool John Moores University
2004 Diploma in Art Direction, AAA School of Advertising, South Africa
1999 Diploma in Applied Design, Kaunas College of Arts, Kaunas, Lithuania
1984–96 Kursenai Secondary School, Lithuania
2017 Letters & Markers event selected to be part of London Festival of Architecture
2015 Metaqua ( video category) Winner of BBC Worldwide Creative Challenge
2013 Letters From Dew, Please Stay in Touch selected to exhibit at Sustain RCA
2013 Metaqua (interactive installation) selected to exhibit at Tate Modern, part of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering Award ceremony
2011 Best of Graphic Design Graduates, Emerge, Part of London Design Festival
2004 Finalist, Loerie Art Direction Awards in Advertising, student category
2004 Top Creative Student, AAA School of Advertising, Johannesburg, SA
Since 2013 I had a privilege of teaching (part-time) students BA level, including Richmond (The American International University in London), Liverpool John Moores, with occasional talks and workshops as a guest at UAL, Stockport College of Art and also The American International University in Rome, Italy.
Sept ‘14 – May ‘17, Richmond, the American International University, London:
Planning and teaching visual communication to BA students in small groups of 17 at levels 4-6 , concept development, image making by hand&digital, typography, identity, signage, layout and interactive publication design.
Sept ‘13 – Dec ‘14, BA Fashion Communication, Liverpool John Moores University:
Planning and teaching fashion communication large BA students groups of 50 at level 4-5, mark-making, typography, concept development, use of mixed media, collage, sculpture, alternative marketing, publication layout.