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.

5 comments:

paula said...

Va kul att se och vilka fantastiska ringar!!! Måste ju ha varit grymt inspirerande att gå omkring bland allt det "vackra" och intressanta.
Fanns det någon sorts program över utställarna?! Kanske möjlighet att skicka efter? Allt gott från nålfiltsträsket, Paula.

Bibbi said...

Såklart finns de på Origins hemsida, Crafts Council lämnar inget åt slumpen. Jag la till länken i första stycket, tack för att du frågade! Ha det så skönt i nålfiltsträsket!
Bibbi

Marika said...

Hi, Bibbi, thank you for sharing your trip whith us, it´s sooooooo nice to read, and now I´m stck with all the exhibitors on the Orgin craft fair, it just flow inspirations, thank you ones again. Take care/ Marika

paula said...

Hej Bibbi...
Jag undrade naturligtvis om det fanns en fysisk katalog, hm?! Visste att braig hemsida med hur mycket info som helst fanns att tillgå, men tack ialllafall att jag kan/kunde klicka på ditt inlägg, då gick det ju snabbare än att söka bland mina favoriter i min egen burk. Allt gott och lycka, lycka till med utställningen! //Paula.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bibbi

We are all reading your Blog in Birmingham and think its fantastic!!! Keep in touch.

Melanie Tomlinson