This year’s Collect, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects brought together 37 British and International Galleries at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Contemporary jewellery is always well represented at the Crafts Council’s annual fair as well as ceramics and glass. It is so exciting to see new names, new work but also familiar names from previous years.
In 2014 there was the addition of a new exhibition with works by two of Britain’s leading ceramic artists. “Legacy: Two works on Hope and Memory” is a touring exhibition, which includes Clare Twomey’s installation “Everyman’s Dream” and Julian Stair’s work “Reliquary for a Common Man”. This is how “the Crafts Council has chosen to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One”.
Another important feature at Collect is the Project Space, where this year seven installations were presented. Linda Brothwell, Jilly Edwards, Lisa Farmer, Heidi Harrington, Min Jeong Song, Wonseok Jung, Giovanni Marmont and Cleo Mussi created works in glass, ceramics, leather, wood and other materials.
Here I selected a few of my highlights.
Design is a State of Mind
This exhibition is still on for a few more days at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Curated by Martino Gamper, “who uses design to display design”. Designer but also high street shelving units are on display to show off beautiful collections of tools, jewellery, LPs, kitchen utensils, bricks and other objects.
Milan Design Week 2014 / part 3
I always leave the best for last. This is also the reason why I visited Milan Design Week this year. Designersblock returned to Milan for the 14th year in a new district San Gregorio Docet with L’ Eclettico.
Exhibitors included: Beatwoven, Beth Lewis Williams, Camilla Barnard, Cray Collective, Foldability, Giopato & Coombes, Inderjeet Sandhu, Jamie Wolfond, Kirigram, Kreis Design, Kristjana S Williams, London College of Furniture, Marianne Viktor, Studio Maxim Lyne, Meital Tzabari, Moving On Collective, Nnuroj, Out of the box lighting, Smile Experience Design Lab, Solidwool, Studio LEIZ, TOBYhouse, Vicky Saragouda, Von Essen Design, White Cubes.
Milan Design Week 2014 / part 2
Spazio Rossana Orlandi is a gallery and a shop dedicated to avant-garde design and is located in the Magenta district of Milan. It is an important showcase of emerging designers and an essential feature during Milan’s annual Salone del Mobile.
Highlights from Milan Design Week 2014 / part 1
A major exhibition entitled Feeding New Ideas for the City curated by Interni Magazine at the courtyards of Università degli Studi di Milano during Fuori Salone. “Architects, designers and artists have been asked to create and build temporary installations that illustrate their interpretation of the theme of Expo 2015 “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” in a metaphorical and multidisciplinary approach”.
The Creating Balance Project
"What happens when you twin ten artists/designers with ten photographers from a local community? With the help of an Anglepoise lamp, the aim was to explore the true meaning of balance at work and in life and to document its significance in the creative process.
In partnership with Anglepoise UK, Strong Island and the University of Portsmouth”. This exhibition is on @ Aspex Gallery until 16 March. Here are a few of my favourites.
Casting the Line
A few weeks ago I visited this exhibition of beautiful drawings by Howard Tangye at Hus Gallery in London. “Casting the Line” is an exquisite collection of works drawn over a period of two decades. The exhibition is on until 15 March.
Contemporary Makers Fair 2014
Last weekend Aspex Gallery hosted for the first time the Contemporary Makers Fair showcasing contemporary craft across a range of artistic media including ceramics, jewellery, textiles, printmaking and furniture. Here is the list of the exhibitors: Julia de Klerk, Kate Bishop, Martin & Becky Snelling, Catrin Dudfield, Five Artists Makers, Shelby Parris, Matt Hibbert, Vicky Saragouda, Ed Boxall, Elaine Bolt, Jelka Quintelier, Nathan Stewart, Melody Grossman, Suzie Darcel, Carly Mann, Bryony Jennings, EM Jewellery, Sheena Bond, Lauren Griffiths.