Collect crafts fair 2014

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

saatchi gallery kaori tatebayashicollect 2014 Richard Slee & James Maskreyclare twomey 1000 bowlsSachi Fujikake Shigekazu Nagae

Top left: Saatchi Gallery; Top right: Kaori Tatebayashi; 2nd row middle: Richard Slee & James Maskrey; 2nd row right: Clare Twomey's '1000 bowls'; Bottom left: Sachi Fujikake; Bottom right: Shigekazu Nagae


May and Sept must be two of the busiest months in London for designers and crafts people as there are many trade events and fairs taking place all over the city.

Collect is one of important fairs for contemporary crafts in the UK, and it showcases not only homegrown talents but also talents from other parts of the world.


Theresa Nguyen im Hyunju: Have a Dream IIIIMG_8011Andrew Lamb

Main: Theresa Nguyen's Spiritus Waves; Bottom left: Hyunju Kim: Have a Dream III; Bottom right: Andrew Lamb


As soon as I entered the first gallery, I was drawn by British Vietnamese silversmith, Theresa Nguyen's exquisite silver 'Spiritus Waves'. Several other pieces by Theresa were showcased amongst a few other silversmiths as part of the Bishopsland collection. I spoke to Theresa (who is lovely) and found out that she is based in Birmingham and has a workshop in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter. I love her nature-inspired pieces, although they are made of silver, they appear to be soft and flowy, and her detailed craftsmanship is top-notch.

Theresa and I also spent some time admiring the nearby jewellery pieces by Scottish silversmith, Andrew Lamb. Andrew's delicate and sculptural pieces have rippling textures and subtle colour variations, hence creating movements and changes in colours when being worn.


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Top left: Kevin Callaghan; Top right: Lee Jung Won; Main: Rupert Merton; Bottom left: Anne Beth Borselius's Tree of life; Bottom right: Kris Campo


Ceramics often are predominant at crafts fair, and it is no exception at Collect. I particular like London-based potter Rupert Merton's simple, primitive and colourful oriental-inspired pottery. Nearby, Roger Law's(the mastermind behind 'Spitting image') humourous biography stood out and it explained how he moved his focus from TV to ceramics. Law's reinterpretation of Chinese porcelain is fascinating, although he uses traditional Chinese techniques (they are all made in China's porcelain city, Jingdezhen), his witty and quirky caricatures seen on the porcelain inject a sense of playfulness and eccentricity into something seemingly traditional and ideal.


IMG_7996 jina Sim Geoffrey Mann IMG_8010 Jeongsun Choi  Mikiko Minewaki Junko Mori

Top right: Jina Sim; 2nd row left: Geoffrey Mann's 3-d printed lighting; 2nd row right: Jeongsun Choi; Bottom left: Mikiko Minewaki; Bottom right: Junko Mori


Aside from local and European galleries, there were also several Korean and Japanese stands showcasing talents from the two countries. And one of them was Korea Craft and Design Foundation, which showcased some intriguing work including silversmith, Hyunju Kim's Have a Dream III, Jina Sim's Means and Jeongsun Choi's playful jewellery.

Last year, I discovered Wales-based Japanese silversmith, Junko Mori at the fair, and so I was glad to see her new and sensational organism-inspired metal pieces on display again. I was also drawn to Japanese designer, Mikiko Minewaki's new take on traditional Japanese lacquer. Her lacquer jewellery design is very refreshing and contemporary.


Louis thompson  Bouke de Vries - memory vesselRoger LawLisa FarmerIMG_7965 Pascal Oudet Natalie Doyen  Dorothée Van Biesen

Top left: Louis Thompson; Top right: Bouke de Vries's Memory vessel; 2nd row left: Roger Law; 2nd row middle: Lisa Farmer; Main: Pascal Oudet; Bottom left: Natalie Doyen; Bottom right: Dorothée Van Biesen


While many people still prefer to collect traditional forms of art like paintings and sculptures, I personally would rather invest in craft pieces especially because the quality and standard of craftsmanship is very high nowadays. I rarely get excited by what I see in the art world today, crafts however, evoke some excitement and I hope that in the future crafts will be seen as collectable as other art forms. Judging from the growing popularity of the show and other crafts fairs, this may well happen one day.


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