I do love a good bag and these two designers seen at MADE London certainly know about making them. Although very different, each produces a “classic” style. I didn’t choose deliberately but both makers below are based in London.
Frank Horn is the name of the brand, not the person, though Francis is his middle name. He produces small runs of clean structured bags in practical sizes and a great range of plain colours – yellow is apparently a current favourite.
These covetable market/storage bags below by Maiko Dawson are some of her sturdiest ones though she has a large range of leathers and colours to choose from in other stylesfrom this acid lemon tote with pocket stitch detail
to the kid leather softness of these pocket bags and spectacle holders. Oh, and she also makes shoes.
Artists and designers have and always will be, inspired by nature. These two makers, seen at Made London, are a case in point.
Bridget Bailey’s exquisite interpretation of bird eggs made from textiles and feathers caught my eye, quite a change from her earlier insects and moths (see a previous post)
as did the work of another textile artist, Amanda Cobbett, who is completely obsessed with nature. Her highly reflective display boxes didn’t permit decent photos of these fungi so please visit her website for better imagery
And those red dots below are from my camera, not some aberration on the mushroom.
To see more of Bridget’s work, visit Clockwork Studio’s Christmas Open Studios 8th – 10th December
Given the weather I thought an outdoor post would be appropriate for this week.
Nestling under the mature trees we discovered this gem designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki, a regular gold medal winner in the Artisan Garden category (plot sizes 5 x 4m or 7 x 5m) at the Chelsea Flower Show.
This year he kept his gold medal record and deservedly so with his inspiration the Kyoto imperial garden which has no defensive moat or wall as it was inconceivable that it should ever be under threat.What I found staggering here was the level of detail with all sides of the plot carefully considered. Here is a photo of the back
and the sides
Known for his trademark use of moss seen here in a detail on the sides
and along the front.The scale is deceptive, giving an impression of generous and mature landscape within such a tiny space
Korean craftsmanship is deservedly famous throughout the world and you can see why from some of the ceramics shown on the Korean Craft & Design Foundation stand at Collect, the annual international makers’ show in London.
Lee Jong-Min can produce no more than 10-12 of these delicate pieces per year. To be honest that sounds like a lot to me given the complexity of the work.
Park Sungwook hand moulds, glazes and fires each element to create these composite pieces of great subtlety. I couldn’t find a weblink so for more info please contact the Foundation.
Bishopsland Educational Trust provides silversmiths with an opportunity to develop their practice with their post graduate residential course. The resulting work is always worth seeing and this time included necklaces by Lucie Gledhill
and this silver wire piece by Nan Nan Liu.Some of my work includes silver leaf gilding and I’m currently experimenting with the tarnishing process so would be keen to see these after a year or so.
Yes, I know it’s circles again but bear with me.
This textile piece by Shihoko Fukumoto at ARTCOURT Gallery is, for me at least, an exercise in meditation
The french word épuré (uncluttered) captures for me the pure nature of these pieces. Stripped down to the simplest elements they are exquisitely made with nothing intruding as a distraction. It may look easy but just try doing it.
Brooches and rings by Junwong Jung shown by the ever impressive Marzee gallery illustrate my point.
The jewellery containers are designed with the same rigour as their contents.
It’s not only Asians who excel in the discipline of minimalism and purity though it can sometimes feel like it.
Andrea Walsh whose work I last featured back in 2013, showed these containers with Officine Saffi
I couldn’t live with such purity exclusively (my tastes are too catholic) but it definitely fills a need in my life.