We are living in uncertain times right now, but there is one thing Design-Nation is certain of: we have an amazingly talented new group of members, selected last month by our independent panel. Twenty-two makers and designers impressed the panel, the biggest new cohort of members we’ve had for a while and we can’t wait to share details of their gorgeous works.
Applications were particularly strong from those working with glass and we are delighted to welcome no less than seven new glass artists to the Design-Nation fold: Angie Packer, C M Glass Designs, Elin Isaksson, Helen Slater Stokes, Martin Donlin, Benefield Spencer Glass and Susan Kinley. We also welcome some impressive textile designers making innovations in weave: Chloe Scott, Fiona J Sperryn, Hannah White and KULU. Ceramicists and potters have always been a strength in our portfolio and we are now joined by Alison Brown, Caroline Couzens, Harriet Caslin, Jenny Chan, Kirsty Adams and Rebecca Proctor.
Our other new members are all making very distinctive works in a range of exciting media: Andy Elton sculpts in metal and stone; Anne MacKenzie makes handpainted Japanese paper banners; Emily Jo Gibbs layers and stitches delicate portraits and still lifes in organza; Faye Hall’s jewellery incorporates embroidery on surprising sustainably-sourced materials, like ebony, linoleum and leather; and Porter + Trundle create award-winning contemporary furniture in timber and brass.
We can’t wait to start working with these talented and inventive designer-makers. We’re adding their profiles to our website right now and over the coming weeks will highligh their work on our social media feeds, so do look out for more details soon.