The ‘Broken Ocean’ glassware series by Sophie Thomas and Louis Thompson captures the ominous and chaotic beauty of entangled ghost nets being pulled out from the deep ocean. The duo has worked with hand blown glass, waste glass fragments and found ocean plastic from Hawaii and other beaches around the world.
Low quality fakes sold online, the need for more crafts-related courses and Brexit. At the Collect fair in London, we interviewed the Crafts Council’s Executive Director Rosy Greenlees about the opportunities, challenges and risks of one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors.
Gareth Neal digitally crafts the Hack Chair II, a Georgian seat trapped in a raw oak lumber using a robotic arm as an extension of the craftsman’s hand and tactile knowledge.
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Collect 2019: a bejeweled shawl hijab encouraging conversation about the role of the hijab today, blown glass visuals infused with fishnets and plastics addressing to the oceans’ pollution issue and digital technologies merging with bespoke creations. Isobel Dennis, Director of Collect – The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design, highlights some of the main trends to look out for in London.