A showcase of London-based designer-makers
Craft London is funded by The London Development Agency’s (LDA) 2012 London Cultural Skills Fund, which is supported by the Mayor of London. This fund will enable a diverse range of art and skills organisations in the capital to put on courses in activities including theatre, dance and music production, writing and design. This is the second round of the £1.2m fund with a further £500,000 to be awarded later this year through round three. Managed by Arts Council England, the fund will help Londoners to improve their employment prospects in the creative industries as well as tap into London 2012 opportunities such as the Cultural Olympiad.
Venue: Craft Central, 33-35 St John’s Square, London, EC1M 4DS Dates: Open Mon-Fri 8-19 March, 12-6pm (last day Friday 19 March 12-5pm) Special Launch Night – Monday 8 March, 5-8pm Meet the Maker Artist Talk – Thursday 18 March, 6pm Weekend Opening – Saturday 13 March, 11am-4pm
The selected Craft London exhibitors are:
Katie Barton – Textiles
Anna Johnson – Fabric Accessories
Laura Milligan – Surface Design/Interiors
Hannah James – Ceramics
Ruth Babajide – Ceramics
Jo Davies – Ceramics
Ana Meneses – Silversmithing
Julie Vermeille – Illustration
Daniele Geargeoura – Jewellery
Alexandra Simpson – Jewellery
Yuki Sasakura Assiter – Jewellery
Jessica Light – Passementier (Interiors)
We want Londoners to discover the relevance of craft and design to their city. Craft London: Exhibition of Emerging New Talent is a group showcase of new work by London-based ‘design stars of the future’ – a public chance to experience the freshest craft and design talent at Craft Central’s London gallery. The multi-disciplinary show is a celebration of ‘home grown’ talent and reflects the creative excellence of London’s emerging designer makers.
Come and discover these 12 emerging new talents…
Meet Kate Barton and her expressive textile pieces, including her topical flock of endearing London pigeons! Imaginatively mixing appliqué, stitch, embroidery and surface embellishment, she is inspired by her surroundings and the beautiful details of everyday life.
Anna Johnson’s work focuses on the simple elements of fabric and thread crafted and transformed into exquisite accessories. Bold and fun, but fashionably wearable, her latest work incorporates pom poms! A unique delight – you surely won’t be able to resist taking home one of Anna’s creations!
Is your house in need of a maker over? Then don’t miss Laura Milligan and Jessica Light. Laura creates fabulous silk-screen wallpapers, with unique modern elegance. Whilst Jessica focuses on the beauty of trimmings and tassels, using inspiration materials such as light reflective and metallic yarn, creating ‘jewellery for the home’.
Hannah James’ work is hand thrown in porcelain, creating individual vessels that crowd peacefully and delicately together. Ruth Babajide’s distinctive ceramic storage unit collections, glazed with gold lustre paintings on the surface, are ideal for the perfect kitchen. Jo Davis (our third ceramist) will develop one-off pieces – wall based ceramic moulds inspired by the work of William Morris, essentially creating 3D wallpaper.
Illustrator Julie Vermeille is fascinated by fairy tales. Her books introduce 3D characters, ‘living’ in the gallery, a setting made from illustrative prints and mixed materials (handmade fabrics, laces and buttons), creating a world of fantasy you could surely get lost in.
Ana Meneses’ striking silverware is inspire by electric architectural views and a sense of London’s distinctive atmosphere. Ana’s combination of precious metals with other materials adds to the spectacular nature of her work.
Finally our three jewellery designers… Daniele Geargeoura, who interestingly creates stunning and playful magnetic jewellery that is marvellously out of the ordinary. Her boldly three dimensional work in precious materials is often spherical and contains magnets and/or stones. Yuki Sasakura Assiter, inspired by her own Japanese impressions of beauty in English culture, creates fabulous jewellery which combines metal, fabric, stones and stitching. Alexandra Simpson produces romantic, delicate and feminine jewellery. In using materials such as sterling silver, 18ct gold with added diamonds or pearls, her work is exceedingly elegant.