Contemporary-Applied-Arts

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ORIGIN - THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR

Following its successful integration into the London Design Festival last year, Origin: The Contemporary Craft Fair will return to Old Spitalfields Market from 22-28 September 2011.

Origin offers a rare opportunity to see and buy a diverse range of high quality, original craft from over 200 makers in one convenient location. Disciplines range from ceramics, furniture, metalwork and glass, to fashion accessories, jewellery and knitwear.

Situating Origin in a vibrant location in the creative East End and during the London Design Festival, has brought new audiences to this established event and highlighted the huge appetite for craft within the design industry.

This August, I made new batch of small wall hanging series called CELL. Now they are available at Velvet da Vinch in San Francisco, Contemporary Applied Arts in London, Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool, Harley Gallery in Nottinghamshire, and of course my principal dealer Adrian Sassoon. This picture shows just after sand blasting before wax coating process, so the colour is different.

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COLLECT 2012 - Contemporary Craft

COLLECT is not all about contemporary jewellery. Skilful designer-makers who work with wood, precious metals, textiles, glass, bamboo, ceramics and paper are represented in the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. In the Project Space there are on display experimental installations by individual makers. I found particularly striking “The Rhizome Chair” by Crook & Jones and “The Cloud Leopard” paper sculpture by papercut artist Nahoko Kojima. Beautiful also ceramics by Merete Rasmussen as seen at The Contemporary Applied Arts and silver objects by silversmith Ja-kyung Shin represented by Galerie Rosemarie Jäger.

So, I finally graduated!

I actually graduated in July but I’m just getting round to sorting my blog out & letting you guys know now! It was such a hot day and being 8 months pregnant really didn’t help the fact I had to sit in a cathedral for a few hours without being allowed to walk around when the baby felt like kicking me in the ribs! 
Despite the heat it was a lovely day that resulted in a family bbq! It’s always lovely to see your classmates after a few weeks away from one another and when your all dressed up it just makes it even more special! 

So, uni’s finished & now i’m patiently waiting for Baby Smith to arrive! (My due date was August 11th). Now i’m just keeping myself busy with cooking, making & cleaning! Preparing for the arrival to arrive!!  

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More on COLLECT 2012

Visiting the show it’s not only about the artefacts. Most of the times it is a good opportunity to meet the artists and curators and listen to them explaining about their practice and their research. I found inspirational talking to Giovanni Corvaja at Adrian Sassoon gallery, a real craftsman who employs experimental techniques into his practice and makes extraordinary jewellery and Carolive Van Hoek at the Caroline Van Hoek gallery, who represents great artists in contemporary jewellery.

Hereford College of Art Degree Shows

Hereford College of Art Degree Shows

Hereford College of Art’s degree show was another well worthwhile visit for us. Again, I was allowed to take photos and the images below show only a small part of a wide variety of work in ceramics, jewellery, metal work, textiles, fine art, illustration, graphic design …

I have included the artists’ names where I know them and you can click on the photos to go to their websitesif they have…

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P9 - The Public Domain
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I have been commissioned to photograph the Hereford College of Arts, C.A.A. (Contemporary Applied Arts), level 6 student work for their promotional literature. In total there were 34 students with a wide and varying range of works to be photographed. The shoot took place over the space of two days on the 12th and 14th of May 2014.

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New Designers

I have been exhibiting at the New Designers graduate exhibition in Islington in London.  Our stand looks really good and the different variations of work that we are exhibiting makes it really stand out. 

Having a look around before it started I was really taken aback with the amount of amazing work The amount of amazing work was unbelievable.  Jill Shaddock a colleague on my course has one numerous awards for her beautiful ceramics including New Designers Runner up and the Habitat Award. Check out her website at www.jillshaddock.co.uk.

You can also view other graduates that are exhibiting by looking at the graduate portfolios at Artsthread