Tuesday, 9 October 2007
what I saw in London
Origin, the craft fair arranged by Crafts Council is open until Sunday, with other exhibitors this week. I'm happy I was there an early weekday, not so crowded (hope, for the exhibitors, the crowds showed up!) It's a lot to look at, and it was interesting to see how differently they all displayed their work. Here is a list of all exhibitors this year.
My favourites from first Origin week:
Yoko Isawa, in between textile and jewellery; geometrical with a soft edge, in a beautiful scale of colours:
Photo from Yoki Izawa's web site, Veiled ring 4
Melanie Tomlinsom, hand printed tin, figures, creatures and fairy tales:
Photo from Melanie Tomlinson's web site, lovely brooches can be ordered
Lizzie Farey's whimsical robust baskets
Michelle McKinney's semitransparent woven artworks
Lucy Whiting's table ware
Sytze Roos and Silja Eggenschwiler, two familiar faces, functional fabrics under the common name Keskusta
And I loved talking to the engaged guy from Craftspace, a craft development agency in West Midlands. They put craft in a wider social perspective, both to increase opportunities for the makers and to use craft as a communicative tool. I wish I lived in Birmingham and took part of it!
I'm off for studio, need to go packing ceramics.