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‘Vessels’ at Vessel Gallery London

Philippa Beveridge

Philippa Beveridge

Until 19 August 2017
Contemporary Glass Society Open Exhibition 
at Vessel Gallery London

Emma Baker

Emma Baker

 

136 CGS members are taking part in this amazing show!

Ana Laura Quintana - Choice -

Ana Laura Quintana - Choice -

Vessels have been with us for thousands of years and are part of our everyday use.

Catherine Mahe

Catherine Mahe

CGS has challenged its members to create an exciting variation of an everyday object, to use their imagination and produce a fantastic vessel. We welcomed vessels that are suspended or wall mounted as well as free standing, the only restriction was, its volume should not be more than 750ml. 

Deborah Timperley

Deborah Timperley

The work will sell from £100 – £500 maximum. 

Evy Cohen

Evy Cohen

Photographer  Maxi Oviedo  

 

Craft Central at The Forge

Craft Central at The Forge:

New era for craft charity as it moves to East London

On Thursday 28 September 2017, Craft Central will open the doors to its new home at The Forge in the Isle of Dogs, East London, bringing design and making back to this area of traditional industry.  The move marks the beginning of a new chapter for Craft Central, a charity that has supported craftsmanship and craftspeople in the UK for 40 years.

Since 1980, Craft Central has been based in two Victorian buildings in Clerkenwell.  With the lease on these buildings coming to an end, the charity has found new premises where it can continue to provide creative studios and shared workshops, organise exhibitions and events and give professional development support for its network of 700 designer makers.  Craft Central has taken a 20-year lease on The Forge and is inviting makers, designers and other freelancers to run their creative businesses from its new East London home.

As well as providing much-needed working spaces, Craft Central plans to run regular public events at The Forge, such a Christmas market, open studio events and its popular Craft It Yourself workshops, positioning the building as a destination in its own right and bringing new commercial life into the area.  Through these events, Craft Central will also become a creative hub for the local community.

Sue Webb, Chair of Craft Central comments: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have found an exciting new long-term home for Craft Central, particularly at a time when so many studios are being forced to close.  We look forward to welcoming new creative businesses to The Forge and to being part of East London’s newest creative community.’

The Forge, a grade II listed building, was part of the Victorian iron ship building industry. The building conversion has been designed by Emrys Architects and is being developed and built by iSpace Corporate Interiors.  The design will make the most of the immense height of the space and ensure that the fabric of the building and listed features are not compromised.  A two-story birch wood construction in two sections running either side of the central listed pillars will provide self-contained studios, leaving a full height exhibition space at the front of the building, which will be available for pop-up events and exhibitions and will also be used for Craft Central’s seasonal events programme.  The design will also incorporate shared workspaces, co-working desks and smaller spaces that can be hired for meetings, talks and workshops.

Clive Nichol, Managing Director of Fabrix who own The Forge comments: ‘Fabrix is not your average real estate investor.  We strive to consider the local and global community and the part culture and history plays in sustaining amazing cities.  Craft Central is the perfect partner for this amazing building and our wider strategy.  The fact that the building was a forge with such rich industrial history and will now be full of activity from modern day makers is pretty special.’

The Forge is based close to the river and within easy access of Greenwich, Canary Wharf and Surrey Quays.  It is a five-minute walk from Mudchute station on the DLR.

www.craftcentral.org.uk

 

Wonderwool Wales Bursary

The stunning work of two BA Textiles graduates from Carmarthen School of Art has been recognised by a new bursary from the premier Wool & Natural Fibre Festival in Wales.

Kathleen Lloyd with her work

Kathleen Lloyd with her work

Wonderwool Wales has set up a Bursary scheme for students graduating from the BA Textiles; knit, weave and mixed media course at Carmarthen School of Art, part of Coleg Sir Gậr in Carmarthen. Students Kathleen Lloyd from Carmarthen and Julia Davies from Llandysul have become the first to benefit and were presented with their awards during their Degree Show.    

Julia Davies with her work

Julia Davies with her work

Wonderwool Wales organisers had only intended to award one bursary, but could not choose between the two shortlisted candidates, who each received a cheque for £1000 and the chance to showcase their work at Wonderwool Wales 2018, at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells on April 28 and 29.

Show organiser Chrissie Menzies said: “We visited the Degree Show and had a lovely day meeting with and chatting to the students who had all produced some amazing work. It was a very hard choice which is why we have ended up awarding two bursaries in this, the inaugural year of the bursary scheme.

“What Kathleen and Julia both put into their work and the finished work was so exciting. We are delighted to be able to assist them in starting out now that they have finished their degree and we are equally delighted that visitors to Wonderwool Wales 2018 will be able to admire their degree work and work that has followed on from this at their special stand at next year’s show.”

Kathleen Lloyd’s award-winning scarves and tops were influenced by a visit to Jaipur, where she found inspiration for her fashion accessories for men and women from both the architecture and the heritage of indigo dyeing and block printing.

Meanwhile Julia Davies found inspiration for her handwoven, mixed yarn scarves, clothes and throws closer to home. “They are all based on the industrial heritage of Wales,” she said, explaining how her use of colours was influenced by her observations, including heather growing on coal heaps and rusted machinery with ivy growing over it.

For more information about Wonderwool Wales 2018 visit: www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk.