London art. Seven ambitious projects: Linda Brothwell, Cleo Mussi, Lisa Farmer, Heidi Harrington…

London art. Seven ambitious projects: Linda Brothwell, Cleo Mussi, Lisa Farmer, Heidi Harrington…
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Linda Brothwell, Circle Installation, 2014, hardwood,gold &silver

London art. Seven ambitious concept-led installations are presented in the fourth edition of The Project Space, at COLLECT: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects. 9-12 May 2014 at Saatchi Gallery, London.

The Project Space, an alternative exhibition space on the second floor at COLLECT 2014, presents seven one-off installations by eight artists that explore the breadth of contemporary craft practice. The space presents a narrative on the future possibilities of craft as well as attracting opportunities for commissions and collaborations for the artists.

For 2014, a group of makers selected by Simon Fraser MA RCA from Central St Martins UAL, Show Director Daniella Wells, and the Crafts Council’s Head of Exhibitions and Collections, Annabelle Campbell, will demonstrate new directions in their work, reinterpreting traditional concepts around craft and exploring different materials and craft processes in ambitious ways.

The makers, often taking inspiration from the environments around them, enliven and broaden our understanding of contemporary craftsmanship:

Linda Brothwell, ‘Circle Installation’ 2014.

Jerwood Makers Open mixed media artist Linda Brothwell presents a brand new series for this installation. Her work typically tests the boundaries of spaces and this work creates an entirely new frame in which to do so, whilst also raising questions about the heritage of craft processes.

Jilly Edwards, ‘Wanderlust’ 2014.

Jilly Edwards draws upon her memories of interactions with the environment to create intricate woven tapestries. Here she focusses on memories of journeys – whether long haul holidays, or short outings to a café – to produce abstract landscapes through fine art weaving. The installation echoes the wanderlust of the journey and is created around the concept of a vertical journey, of ‘stop, look, see and smile’.


Lisa Farmer, Hold Fast that which is good, 2014, vegetabletanned leather

Lisa Farmer, ‘Hold Fast that which is Good’ 2014.

Farmer reimagines the traditional Japanese clothing accessory, the ‘inros’, and investigates the relationship between fashion and art. Through her design, which is simultaneously sculpture and product, she produces an object made from vegetable tanned leather which cultivates a sense of intimacy with the user. This collection transcends mere functionality to become a bearer of a higher cultural message.


Heidi Harrington, Gust, 2014, porcelain

Heidi Harrington, ‘Ornamental Walk’ 2014.

The ceramic works that make up Ornamental Walk are inspired by both the movement and stillness of nature, combined with an enjoyment of the depiction of landscape on ceramic objects. Printed imagery stretches and moves within the objects, addressing issues of place, experience, and material making.

Min Jeong Song and Wonseok Jung, ‘Wave’ 2014.

The only collaborative piece in the Project Space sees UK-based Korean artists Min Jeong Song and Wonseok Jung combining their skills in glasswork and product design to create a kinetic piece that explores the idea of movement through combining both digital and hand-made processes.

Giovanni Marmont, ‘Transforming the Ambiguous Series’ 2013.

Furniture designer and maker Giovanni Marmont deliberately produces unfamiliar shapes and ambiguous structures in his work which leave the viewer in a state of contemplation about their own expectations of what constitutes furniture and art. This series of non-intuitive and enigmatic artefacts aims to encourage us to consider the objects that mediate our daily experience of the world.


Cleo Mussi, Sucking the Gut, 2014, reclaimed ceramics

Cleo Mussi, ‘All Consuming Series’ 2013-2014.

Comprised of six life-size figures created from ceramic waste, Cleo Mussi’s mosaic installation is an astute observation of humankind’s evolution and how we have a severe impact on our environment through production and its subsequent waste. Cleo Mussi imaginatively explores how as a race we must keep on evolving to keep up with our constructed environments.

COLLECT is the leading international art fair for contemporary objects held at Saatchi Gallery from 9-12 May 2014, presented by the Crafts Council. It has an impressive roster of 37 international galleries from across the world, representing the very best makers in contemporary craft today.

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