Keeping a crafty eye on London
While the Craft Council reports a steep decline in craft education last year, London continues to showcase its current craftspeople in various craft and design events.
Contemporary art and design fair, MADE London, at Canary Wharf, held over two weekends, ended on 25 March. Despirte showcasing the works of 60 designers, some visitors said that there were “too many jewellery stores”. Stand-out jewellery designer Nettie Birch found her niche after learning to fold-form metal, mainly copper, gold and aluminium, to create her delicate floral accordion-like pieces. Meanwhile, Brighton-based furniture designer Tom Alwyn appears to be a pioneer in contouring wooden boxes using topographical data to create bespoke designs.
MADE London will be in Bloomsbury on from 20 - 21 May. Meanwhile, London Craft Week is happening from 3 - 7 May around the city with discussions including the future of craft and design in Britain’s economy.
4 April 2017 | Dee May Tan
Photo: Dee May Tan