I have started the year with a bang with 3 shows/exhibitions back to back starting with Top Drawer in London. This was a trade only event but really pushed me to start the year with some new work and developing my stainless steel range. Below are some snapshots of my stand and a look at my latest pieces soon to be added to the website.
It was also nice to catch up with friends and make new acquaintances at the show - here are some of my favourite picks from the show. I love starting the year with this show as it kickstarts the year and really helps me focus for organising the rest of the year.
First up is Alison Stockmarr - As a materials-led artist, Alison Stockmarr is drawn to scrap and found objects. Described as a “latter-day borrower” her work has an empathy for storytelling and recycling. We met a couple of years ago and her work is intricate and though provoking. See her website HERE
Libby Ballard Ceramics is next. The sea and coastal landscapes are her inspiration, having been brought up on the Isle of Wight and studied by the sea in Brighton this carries through within all Libby’s current work. I met Libby a few years ago at a Christmas market and love her latest gloss glaze planters. Inspired by the sea.....I wonder why I like her work!! See HERE for her website
Lastly is Giannina Capitani - we met this year at Top Drawer and I fell in love with her designs. From Italian - Scottish ancestry Giannina is known for juxtaposing bold, colourful, graphic pattern with luxurious tactile knitwear. See her website HERE.
The second show of the year is stateside in New York. I visited this show in 2016 and had earmarked it as a something I would want show in in the future. I will be exhibiting with 28 other UK makers in the Handmade section of the show which showcases other makers from across the USA and internationally. It is a great opportunity to get some new stockists in the US and open up new connections further afield.
Lastly, I will be showing some pieces at the prestigious Collect with Craft Scotland at the Saatchi Gallery in London. My work will be shown alongside 16 other Scottish makers and curated by Craft Scotland, above are a pair of earrings that will be showcased. The collection of pieces are a real celebration of wire and my love of it! There will be statement necklaces, brooches, earrings and a special body piece which has been rattling around in my head for a few year now. If you can make the show it is definitely worth a visit! See the Crafts Council website HERE for more details.