The ten exhibitors have all earned their place through winning awards at the Craft Festival: from best emerging maker to best stand, but for that added twist the winning makers have been asked to create something new – launch a new product or show something that they wouldn’t necessarily sell on a stand.
Amongst these are Stroud-based mosaic artist Cleo Mussi. She is bringing new pieces illustrating a critical approach to human over-consumption. Sculptor Helaina Sharpley – whose work has been purchased by David Hockney – is able to pursue her ‘personal Edwardian obsession’ in a series of beautiful wire sculptures. Dionne Swift – a Goldsmiths graduate – shows her departure with textiles based on the elements, using the sewing machine thread as a drawing tool.
Ten out of Ten is at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen from Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, June 16 June The exhibition is free, open daily from 10am-5.30pm
It’s exciting times for furniture design and craftsmanship business Shawstephens, which is based in Kingsbridge, Devon. Not only have they had a year of a varied mix of projects, ranging from a taller teak Stalheim stool (see above), to an impressive fitted library in walnut and leather, but they are also set to welcome an apprentice from South Devon College in September.
Plus the team has include with the UK’s top makers and designers in House and Garden magazine’s feature on ‘some of the country’s most talented designers and makers of bespoke furniture’.
Sculptor Isabel Coulton, from South Brent, Devon is working on a chainsaw sculpture of meerktas at Paignton zoo. The group of meerkats is being carved from the stump of a Western red cedar tree near the Zoo’s meerkat enclosure. The stump has 8 cut-off trunks which will be turned into meerkats.
Despite the closure of crafts courses across the country, Plymouth College of Art is bucking the trend with a host of new courses in contemporary crafts, which are already recruiting high student numbers, and have been welcomed by the industry.