Design-Nation will present a major showcase exhibition of work by over twenty of its network members at the OXO Tower Gallery from 4th – 7th of May 2017, as part of London Craft Week.
The exhibition is themed around the marks and tools of the maker and how these translate into different disciplines. Design-Nation’s makers produce a wide range of distinctive high quality contemporary objects, both useful and decorative, large and small, simple and ornate; all are distinguished by commitment to craft and deep understanding of excellent design.
Our membership is carefully selected by a panel of industry experts and peers, who seek evidence of entrepreneurial and collaborative approaches, with an emphasis on innovation in contemporary craft and design.
The exhibition has been made possible by our recent Research and Development funding from Arts Council England. This is allowing Design-Nation to undertake significant sector research and to create new opportunities for its designer-maker members, and to launch at least two new showcases.
Highlights of the showcase include Hannah Tounsend’s distinctive handbuilt ceramic vessels and monoprints, which won her the New Designers 2016 One Year On award and are evocative of seaside landforms; established textile designer Margo Selby’s return to handwoven artworks, one-off pieces which evoke Bauhaus forms and demonstrate her characteristic colour combinations; and Michael Ruh’s hand-blown glass tableware and lighting in a range of subtle and bright colours, the gentle forms infused with delicate lines.
Exhibitors participating in the showcase are Amy Cushing, Angus Ross, Anna Gravelle, Christine Meyer-Eaglestone, Ekta Kaul, Fung & Bedford, Gillies Jones, Hannah Tounsend, Heidi Harrington, J C Middlebrook, Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor, Linda Bloomfield, Margo Selby, Melanie Porter, Michael Ruh, Michelle House, Nigel Cheney, Rosemaryrose, Samantha Sweet, Snowden Flood, Simon Yates, Sue Pryke, Taz Pollard and The Unloved.
Notes to Editors:
Images – photography and styling: Yeshen Venema & Mugdha Sapte.
1. (L to R): Work by Ekta Kaul; Hannah Tounsend; Gillies Jones; Linda Bloomfield; Nigel Cheney.
2. (L to R): Work by Angus Ross; Melanie Porter; Anna Gravelle.
4th – 7th of May 2017 (11am – 6pm each day, free admission)
Private View 6.30pm – 8.30pm Thursday 4th May (Invite only)
OXO Tower Gallery
OXO Tower Wharf, Barge House St,London SE1 9PH
Tube – Southwark (Jubilee Line), Blackfriars (Circle and District) and Waterloo (Jubilee, Northern and Bakerloo lines)
Show & Tell Talk & Tour, 1-2pm Thursday 4th May, with writer Barbara Chandler, Hannah Tounsend, Margo Selby and Michael Ruh. Book via LCW website.
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Design-Nation was founded almost twenty years ago by the late Peta Levi MBE, a writer, design champion and curator, who previously founded the prestigious talent-spotting showcase New Designers in the 1980s. Design-Nation offers a one stop destination for retailers, manufacturers and press together with industry professionals who want to commission, invest and source Great British design.
Design-Nation is positioned as the premier level of membership network for designer-makers in the UK, with both a national and international profile. Membership is selected by peers and industry professionals and is open to all practices of Craft, Product and Design in the UK and Ireland. Members have access to benefits, subsidised exhibition opportunities and group networking within Design-Nation. Friends of the organisation include Decorex International, New Designers and The Barbican.
About London Craft WeekFrom 3 – 7 May 2017, the third edition of London Craft Week takes up residence in the capital. This annual event showcases the very best international and British creativity and craftsmanship through a ‘beyond luxury’ journey-of-discovery. The curated programme brings together over 200 events from all corners of the globe fusing making, design, fashion, art, luxury, food, culture and shopping.
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