During the London Design Festival, one of the venues I visited was the Origin Contemporary Craft Fair. With a mission statement ‘made not manufactured’, Origin brings together textiles, ceramics, jewellery, glass, metalwork and more.
With so many talented designer makers under one roof (the glass roof at Spitalfields Market), I was inspired to see amazing craft trends appearing. Here are my pick of trends that I took away from the event:
1. Round in Circles
Many of the craft makers seemed crazy for circles, whether displayed as polka dots, dotted lines or as a central motif, they were everywhere! My favourite? A lone, framed circle does all the talking, this looks really striking in the tone on tone designs of Cissy Cook.
For a little more colour in a round about way, Rebecca J Coles constructs emerging decorative forms from recycled sheets of paper.
2. Think BIG, make small
Since reading ‘The Borrowers’ as a child I have always been fascinated by miniature creations. Tiny figurines were definitely a feature, especially with the jewellery designers.
A pinch of humour is essential, Moon Young Shin creates charming, tongue-in-cheek jewellery using small metal human-figures. Or how about a resin ring from Helen Noakes, complete with a tiny swimmer to keep you company. For something a little more hard hitting to adorn your body, a Momocreatura decapitated silver rabbit head should do the trick!
Think miniature for you home too. Lisa Swerling’s Glass Cathedrals will make you grin from ear to ear – a tiny world for your wall where you can ponder over a wistful thought.
3. Material World
Combining craft skill and cutting edge ideas is no mean feat. Some of the most exciting exhibitors were using materials in a totally new way. They really changed my perception of how a material can be used and that anything is possible!
I was blown away by Gary Allson’s wooden bowls, the chunky organic shapes work with the natural grain of the wood, which is allowed to take centre stage.
In contrast, paper artist Gill Wilson creates fibre artworks, which appear both delicate but also architectural.
Finally, one quick look at the work of Rebecca H. Joselyn and you would be forgiven for thinking she has left an old tin can on display, until you realise how shiny it is! Her ‘Packaging’ Collection of every day waste items, re-imagined in silver is really unique.
Please check out my pinterest board for more Contemporary Craft inspiration.
– Miss C x