COLLECT 2019. Umberto Dattola's 'Invisible Cities' Cabinet made of plywood, natural wood, gold leaf - courtesy of Collect
COLLECT 2019. Umberto Dattola’s ‘Invisible Cities’ Cabinet made of plywood, natural wood, gold leaf. Presented by ESH Gallery – all images: courtesy of Collect.

Collect 2019 – Art, design and craft increasingly inform and fuse with each other for the 15th edition of Collect, the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design showcasing the work of creatives from over 30 countries from February 28 to March 3 at the Saatchi Gallery in London. “Collect has always been a great platform to  uncover new trends in high end, craft-led art and functional objects.” Says to Archipanic the Fair’s Director Isobel Dennis.

COLLECT 2019 - 'Gravity in Pray' by Wanying-Liang represented by Ting Ying - courtesy of Collect
‘Gravity in Pray’ by Wanying-Liang represented by Ting Ying.

COLLECT was founded by the UK Crafts Council but has been international-facing since its inception in 2004.  “Of the 45 galleries and 400+ artists participating we have representation from the US, China, Korea, Czech Republic and wider Europe, Israel, Scandinavia – traversing three continents,” adds Dennis who highlights some of the main trends and must-see exhibits on show.

Luxury and everyday materials blend

COLLECT 2019. James Rigler's 'Crown', Earthenware, Metal Leaf, - Courtesy of Collect
James Rigler’s ‘Crown’, made from earthenware and metal leaf.

Artists are getting increasingly adventurous in mixing materials”. Super luxury like precious metals and gemstones meet traditional materials, reinterpreted in interesting new ways – for example, utilising Asian  lacquer techniques – to surprising applications using everyday materials such as paper,  polystyrene, salt, linoleum and resin. …

Social themes coming through at Collect Open

COLLECT 2019 - Sara Peymanpour's hejab colour sketch with monocle at Collect Open
Sara Peymanpour’s hijab colour sketch with monocle at Collect Open.

Collect Open is the fair’s capsule showcase shining a light on 15 individual makers selected by an expert panel and represents a platform to present exceptional, ambitious craft-led art installations on a larger scale. London-based artist Sara Peymanpour is creating a bejeweled shawl hijab and glasses, using the change of materials to create meaning and encourage conversation about the role and symbolism of the hijab today.

Tackling sustainability with crafts 

COLLECTY 2019. 'Broken Ocean' by Sophie Thomas & Louis Thompson @ Collect Open - Courtesy of Collect
‘Broken Ocean’ by Sophie Thomas & Louis Thompson @ Collect Open.

If you think that bespoke creations are just about looking good you must definitively reconsider. Environmental messages promoting a more sustainable approach reign. At Collect Open, creative campaigner Sophie Thomas and artist Louis Thomson have an installation entitled Broken Ocean which features a series of blown glass visuals infused with fishnets and plastics to spotlight the issue of pollution in our oceans.

COLLECT 2019 - 'African Elephant' by Sara Peymanpou - Courtesy of Collectr
‘African Elephant’ by Sara Peymanpou.

One hundred porcelain elephants that were made in 24 hours by ceramicist Charlotte Mary Pack on National Conservation Day will spotlight elephant poaching. 

Craft-tech: digital algorithms and robotics go bespoke

COLLECT 2019. 'Hack Chair II' BY Gareth Neal @ Sarah Myerscough - Courtesy of Collect
‘Hack Chair II’ BY Gareth Neal @ Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

Discover how the Art of Making narrative merges with new technologies and cutting-edge materials. British artist Gareth Neal unveils his reinterpretation of the Hack Chair, which he first launched last year and is produced with a computer numerical control (CNC) machine using green timber, then finished by hand. 

On Friday 1st March, Gallerist Sarah Myerscough mediates a cross-generational conversation between ‘godfather of British wood furniture design’ John Makepeace OBE and  acclaimed Gareth Neal exploring where ‘chisel will meet robotics’ in practice. 

Talks, installations and more…

COLLECT 2018 - Photo by FIona Wolff
COLLECT 2018. Photo by FIona Wolff.

Expect to be excited, inspired and challenged by the Collect experience which alongside an unprecedented number of galleries exhibiting, includes two large-scale stairway installations and a rich programme of talks. Excitingly, six UK-based artists will also be showcasing their work for the first time since learning that they are finalists in the prestigious LOEWE Craft Prize 2019. 

COLLECT 2019. The Bird by Wonseok Jung for Collect 2019 with Mint Gallery.
‘The Bird’ by Wonseok Jung for Collect 2019 with Mint Gallery.

All pictures: courtesy of Collect 2019.

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