08.05.15 - 11.05.15, the Saatchi Gallery

Our curatorial approach for COLLECT 2015 follows the ‘no-plinths’ approach we adopted last year.  We are again showing work by just one maker from each CAA discipline and our stand demonstrates how all of these disciplines complement one another when thoughtfully curated. 

Cabinet maker Angus Ross has created a group of individual pieces of fine furniture, a crafted group of distinctive new pieces upon and within which our select group of artists will display their work. A new jewellery collection by highly esteemed maker Bryan Illsley will nestle in the drawer of the Ribbon Desk, like treasure within a jewellery box. Working in forged silver and gold, and punctuated by pocket polished semi-precious stones, Bryan’s work will excite existing collectors and those who are new to his distinctive aesthetic.

A major new piece by textile artists Alice Kettle, entitled The Dog Loukanikos and the Cat’s Cradle, will provide dramatic narrative work focusing on the political situation in Greece (and Europe in general). The work explores issues of power and powerlessness. This large scale piece at 4m x 1.4m is both beautiful and thought-provoking, the result of months of design and stitching.

Ceramicist Fenella Elms is, like Alice, also working at large scale. Formed from seven panels of porcelain beads, the work is called Emergence. In it, Fenella plays with colour and light, exquisitely demonstrating her skill with clay, colour and proportion. Emergence has been made especially for CAA at COLLECT 2015. 

Laura Youngson-Coll – winner of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2014 – will show her work for the first time at COLLECT. On display will be her latest leather and vellum sculpture, inspired by the specimen drawings of the nineteenth-century naturalist Ernst Haeckel. 

Using his own unique techniques, metal-smith Grant McCaig, has developed a trio of floor standing vessels in faceted, partially gilded steel, their shape reminiscent of precious gems. The stand will be lit – and highlighted – by a hand-blown glass chandelier and sconces made by glass artist Stewart Hearn.

For visitor information see the COLLECT website.

Booth Talks

As in previous years, we will hold two booth talks on the stand:

Friday 8 May 12.30pm
– Angus Ross 
Saturday 9 May 4.30pm – Fenella Elms

Angus Ross and Laura Youngson-Coll will also be participating in the Crafts Council talk, Place and Nature on Sunday 10 May at 2.45pm

Related activities at CAA gallery in Southwark:

Angus Ross will hold a master class in the CAA gallery on Sunday 10 May, 10.30am-12.30pm. Tickets £10.00 – must be booked in advance as places are very limited for this intimate conversation with a master maker.

Glass artist Kate Maestri is creating a large glass panel for The Crafted City pop up pavilion at CAA in Southwark during London Craft Week (7-10 May). 

She is also exhibiting in COLLECT Open, a space for selected artists to present exploratory new work at COLLECT, where she turns her hand to metalwork in a wall installation inspired by the undulating surfaces of the National Theatre.

‘The Dog Loukanikos and the Cat’s Cradle’ (detail) by Alice Kettle, 2015.
‘Emergence’ (detail) by Fenella Elms, 2015. Photo: Deborah Husk.
'Hot Gold' (detail)by Grant McCaig 2014. Photo: Grant McCaig
Pair of bangles by Bryan Illsley, 2012. Photo:  Sophie Mutevelian





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