From Inverness to Sussex and Belfast to Cardigan, we’re all set to unite the UK with Four Corners of Craft. In partnership with the Crafts Council and Tent London, Etsy will make its mark at the London Design Festival with a selling exhibition of cross-disciplinary contemporary craft on 24-27th September 2015.
With a national reach, our prestigious lead partners include: London Design Festival, Tent London, Crafts Council, Contemporary Applied Arts, The Design Trust, Craft Scotland, Creative Scotland, Craft NI, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Helfa Gelf. We’re also grateful for support from: Arts Council of Wales, Ruthin Craft Centre, The Makers’ Guild in Wales and many more creative organisations around the UK.
With the help of these national and regional arts organisations, we ran an open call to select makers to represent craft excellence from the four corners of our country: England, Scotland, N. Ireland and Wales. The response was overwhelming and we were inundated with applications from some incredible makers.
As well as offering the otherwise unattainable opportunity to showcase their work at the London Design Festival, all exhibitors will benefit from an accessible programme of business development support from The Design Trust in the lead up to the exhibition. ‘Etsy is a supportive and accessible route to market and their work assists our makers in developing their businesses.’ – Fiona Logue, Director of Craft Scotland.
The exhibition will highlight the variety and quality of contemporary craft from over 40 talented designer-makers selling on Etsy in the UK. Save the date to see their work in the creative hub of London Design Festival alongside Tent – find out more and plan your visit here. For now, here’s a sneak preview…
Four Corners of Craft exhibitors announced!
England: IKUKO Iwamoto
In her own words, ceramicist Ikuko Iwamoto makes ‘exquisite cups and other objects for a bizarre tea ceremony. They are the vehicle to make visible an invisible, microscopic world.’
Scotland: McDermott Jewellery
Heather McDermott is a contemporary jeweller working on the Isle of Skye. Specialising in stainless steel with elements of silver, her work is constantly inspired by the ever-changing shoreline and landscapes of Skye.
‘Craft Scotland is delighted to partner with Etsy on this inspirational new project. It will create opportunities for our makers and build new audiences for their work.’ – Fiona Logue, Craft Scotland
Northern Ireland: Alison Lowry Glass
Alison Lowry creates delicate vessels using a mixture of glass techniques.
‘Four Corners of Craft represents a fantastic opportunity for local designer-makers to have their work exhibited on an international stage.’ – Alan Kane, Chief Executive of Craft Northern Ireland
Wales: Jam Furniture Design
Benjamin Cramp is an industrial designer creating contemporary furniture from wood and steel. He says – ‘My passion is working with wood that tells a story, timber that has had a life long before I carried it through the workshop doors. I do all I can to preserve that story.’
‘Bringing together high-end craft from all the UK regions is at the heart of what we do. We are delighted to partner with Etsy on The Four Corners of Craft for London Design Festival’ – Christiane Eck, Contemporary Applied Arts.
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