Sophie Thomas’ Broken Ocean glassware series turns ocean plastic waste into bespoke crafts

Broken Ocean by Sophie Thomas and Louis Thompson - Photo by Ester Segerra.

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.

“Brexit is among the main challenges of the thriving crafts sector” says Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the UK’s Crafts Council

Crafts Council's Executive director Rosy Greenlees on Brexit and the UK crafts sector’s tasks. Pictured: 'Node' by Claire Linder - Exhibited by Collection Atelier D'art De France, Collect 2019, photo by Sophie Mutevelian.

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.

Collect 2019: 4 trends at the London international art fair for modern craft and design

COLLECT 2019. Umberto Dattola's 'Invisible Cities' Cabinet made of plywood, natural wood, gold leaf - courtesy of Collect

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.

Nomad St Moritz 2019: 6 brilliant design installations plunged into the Swiss Alps

Carsten Holler's 'mushroom carpet' for Massimo de Carlo' @ Nomad St Moritz 2019.

Quilted fabrics exploring the complexity of migration, handcrafted bioplastic vessels and nun-shaped lamps. 6 inspiring design series on show at Nomad St Moritz 2019.

DesignMiami 2018: 12 exquisite and quirky designs on show

Design Miami 2018 - Photo by James Harris; courtesy of DesignMiami 2018

Copper and gold vessels mirroring dysfunctional relationships, furniture made with discarded flowers, a re-interpreted windowless office for Russian interns and Walt Disney’s 1930’s animation studios. 12 out-of-the-box designs at DesignMiami 2018, starting from an installation supporting immigrants’ families divided at the US-Mexico Border.

Scholten & Baijings’ TIME FOR TEA installation celebrates sipping rituals through design

Scholten Baijings TIME FOR TEA installation @ Fortnum & Mason - Photo by Charles Emerson Courtesy of London Design Festival.

A Japanese exquisite tea set, soft green hues, subtle patterns and bespoke furniture. The TIME FOR TEA installation brings together crafts and design from across the globe, one sip at a time.

At the Furnishing Utopia exhibition in NY contemporary designers reinterpret Shakers’ furniture

Furnishing Utopia @ Design Within Reach in NYC. Ladies & Gentlmen Studio work station - Courtesy of Ladies & Gentlemen.

A humble cabinet for contemporary creatives, a framed minimalist clock and multifunctional measuring tools. Ladies & Gentlemen reinterprets Shakers’ humble furniture for Furnishing Utopia design collective in NYC.

TAKT Project respectfully and digitally empowers Japanese lacquer crafts for KISHU+

TAKT Project for KISHU+ - Photo by Masayuki Hayashi

Ancient Japanese lacquering techniques meet 3D Printing and rippling computer effects. TAKT Project merges centenary traditions with cutting edge technologies for design lacquerware brand KISHU+. Not a replacement, but a way to preserve and update, respectfully.

Maison & Objet and Paris Deco Off 2018: 8 textile designs by Tom Dixon, Inga Sempé, Dimore Studio and more

PROGETTO TESSUTI by Dimore Studio - Photo by Dimore Studio.

Hand-knotted bi-dimensional universes, women-empowering knitted stools and hand-woven sacred geometries. In Paris, 8 textile designs celebrated the art of weaving.

Credenza: Spazio Pontaccio presents Patricia Urquiola’s church inspired designs

Credenza collection by Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe for Spazio Pontaccio

Patricia Urquiola and Federico Pepe created a collection cabinets and room-dividers for Spazio Pontaccio taking inspiration from churches stained glass starting from the Italian word “credenza” that means both “faith / belief” and “cabinet”.