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POCKET DYERS & ASSOCIATES

Oxford Brookes School of Architecture · BA Year 3

WALLETS

Illicit, partially hidden wallet dying shop, taking delivery of pickpocketed wallets and dying them for resale. Located in a ‘pocket’ space created by integrating with a magic shop and replacing a wall.

Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates pickpocketing people

EXPLORE THE DRAWING

Zoom in, can you see the wallets being pickpocketed, secretly delivered, dyed and resold?
There may be some magician’s animals hidden too…

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STOLEN WALLET DYERS

Pickpocket ‘Associates’ steal wallets, keep the money, then deliver them through a discreet flexible screen to the shop. Pocket Dyers sort them by type, destroy identifiables via incinerator and disguise them by dying. After being left to dry on ventilated racks they are sold on the street as new.

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STRUCTURE

3 connected modular spaces each with a primary use.

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wallet delivery

Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates interior section wallets dying drawing illustration

wallet dying

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drying / transfer

BIOPLASTICS

Material research into renewable biomass plastics from starch and gelatine. Used for composite structural walls, flexible screens and insulation.

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Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates bioplastic structure drawing illustration
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates deliver detail drawing illustration plan
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates dying detail drawing illustration section
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates selling detail drawing illustration plan
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates wallets types and contents drawing illustration plan

STOLEN WALLETS

Current day pickpockets discard wallets, the Dickensian pickpockets of Oliver Twist would see value in them for resale. A wallet study shows 7 main types – travel, tri-fold, bi-fold, clutch, ‘womens’, coin purse and card.

POCKET SPACES

What is the most effective way to deal with the site’s space limitations?

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Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates physical model existing
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates physical model existing

OCCUPIED WALL

Replacing and occupying the wall between the Magic Shop and archway.

Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates existing plan wall

CREATING & FILLING A POCKET

A steel frame replaces the wall creating a pocket for the modular shop to slot into. The moving display unit can live inside / outside the shop or roam the nearby Leather Lane Market.

Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates filling a pocket construction
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates top view drawing
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates magic plan hidden drawing pickpockets detail

INTEGRATING THE MAGIC SHOP

Having removed the wall and existing shelving, new shelves and storage have been added to the exterior primary steel frame, for use by the magic shop.

Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates magic shop plan sketch

WALLET DYING

Pickpocketed wallets are processed and renewed through recolouring the leather with dyes. Then they can be easily sold as different from the stolen wallet.

Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates leather dying tools
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates leather sample test
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates plan drawing drying detail
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates section wallet selling detail
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates plan drawing dying detail

SPATIAL DEVELOPMENT

Moving to a modular design, with a primary use for each space.

Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates development sketches
Theo Jones architecture Pocket Dyers and Associates magic trick logo

MAGIC & PICKPOCKETING

Exploring the craft of magic, sleight of hand, pickpocketing and Dickensian history of the International Magic Shop. This research forms the basis of the Pocket Dyers & Associates design.

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DICKENSIAN CLERKENWELL

Outside the shop roadworks of 2014 are combined with the busy streets of Charles Dickens’ 1800s Clerkenwell. Beer barrels note the brewery that previously occupied the site and trams covered the area from 1860-1950. Inside the shop of today stacked shelves form the backdrop as live magic tricks are performed.

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1800s

2000s

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Theo Jones architecture International Magic Shop london section magic shop objects of focus

OBJECTS OF FOCUS

Cluttered shelves and cabinets – How much detail can the eyes track while walking in and out of the shop?

INTERNATIONAL MAGIC SHOP

A family business, of 50 years, founded by magician Ron MacMillan. They carry a large stock of magic tricks, books, DVDs, cards, wigs and masks.

UV DRAWING

The sleight of hand in the Magic Shop and the sleight of hand of child pickpockets are hidden within the drawing, illuminated with UV light.

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MAGICIANS & PICKPOCKETS

Sleight of hand is used both in the art of pickpocketing and magic. The connection and hidden relationship between magicians and pickpockets is long established, with magicians drawing in crowds of potential targets.

Oliver Twist (1838)

“What was Oliver’s horror and alarm as he stood a few paces off, looking on with his eyelids as wide open as they would possibly go, to see the Dodger plunge his hand into the old gentleman’s pocket, and draw from thence a handkerchief!”

DICKENS & OLIVER TWIST

Charles Dickens lived in Clerkenwell. Many descriptions of the streets around 89 Clerkenwell are scattered throughout Oliver Twist. His character Oliver lives with Fagin and his gang of juvenile pickpockets in their lair near Clerkenwell. Initially unaware of their criminal pickpocketing, he believes they ‘made’ wallets and handkerchiefs.

Project models / UV drawings exhibited in Oxford & London

LOCATION 89 ¹/₂ Clerkenwell Road, London

CLIENT Pocket Dyers

TUTORS Johan Hybschmann, Matthew Springett & Margaret Bursa

RECOGNITION
Oxford Brookes School of Architecture Unit E · Exhibited in Oxford & London
Oxford Brookes School of Architecture · Published in 2015 Yearbook

2014-15

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