The Off-Cut Challenge: utilising waste materials and celebrating makers

The Off-Cut Challenge

11am-6pm, 13-15 September 2019
Deptford Market Yard
London SE8 4BX


In celebration of our tenth anniversary, Aldworth James & Bond will host The Off-Cut Challenge, an exhibition showcasing the work of our team, as part of the South East Makers Club and London Design Festival

The exhibition highlights the importance of responsible fabrication and encourages a new look at how waste material can be used. The space will also include live CNC demonstrations and giveaways, encouraging everyone to get hands-on and enjoy the art of making.

We challenged our crew to work in teams to utilise the off-cuts to create well finished, useful objects. Our skilled teams consists of technical designers, makers and finishers, project and production managers, and tradespeople. Using only waste material, including birch plywood and Valchromat, groups will make objects that demonstrate digital fabrication and traditional hand skills. Groups will then be judged during the London Design Festival by an external panel.

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Production is at the heart of what we do. Integral to this is the sustainability of the work and impact on the environment. Ensuring all materials are sourced from responsible suppliers, we efficiently nest material to minimise waste and responsibly transport products for installation. A degree of off-cuts is unavoidable and this is why we were inspired to create a new opportunity for waste materials to be used.


  • Half Size 3 Kairo Aldworth James Bond The Off Cut Challenge
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Calling makers in Lewisham: waste material giveaway

Prior to the London Design Festival, we will open our workshop and invite the makers, designers and artists based in south east London to come and take away waste material to use within their own projects. There is a wealth of creative and diverse talent within Lewisham, which has been recognised through the Mayor of London’s Creative Enterprise Zone and launch of SHAPESLewisham. This open call invitation was initiated as a way to support the local community, the next generation of creatives and provide them with free resource. The makers will then be encouraged to send Aldworth James & Bond photography of their completed projects to create a legacy signifying how waste materials can be reused and celebrated.  

Register your interest via the form here.