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Collect 2024: Materials and Limits

Design-Nation is delighted to return to Collect for the 5th time in this prestigious show’s 20 year history. As we announced last December, today at Somerset House we unveil exciting new work by ten makers who are really pushing the limits of their materials and form to make pieces that speak to our times. Discover our wonderful exhibitors and their skilful and imaginative work in our dedicated online showcase. Or even better, come to the fair in person and find us on stand E7.

And these ten talents are not the only Design-Nation makers at Collect 2024. Throughout Somerset House are many others who we are proud to have in our network.

Artist Installations and Collect Open (throughout building)
The Collect Open is a fabulous feature where makers get to realise ambitious new projects that take their practices forward. This year Design-Nation is associated with no less than four of the fourteen Open exhibitors, plus another special project.
Andrea Spencer is showing her delicate flame-worked glass in an installation in room E20 that weaves narrative and nature together.  Andrea is also the partner in work and life of Scott Benefield who is showing with us at E7, so this is a pretty special event for them and for Design-Nation.
In the same room Natalie McCormack is showing beautifully crafted hand-dyed and hand-woven wotk, in a large scale textile piece that explores harmony through the seasons and features her exprertise in dyeing techniques and natural materials. Natalie trades as Botanica Textiles and joined us as a Graduate member in 2022 – she has come a long way fast.
And we’re beyond excited about Margo Selby’s epic new hand weaving Moon Landing which is installed in the Stamp Staircase. This is the beautiful space that was so memorably filled by Fung & Bedford in 2022. Margo’s vibrant cloth will be amazing here and will no doubt pop up on socials everywhere.
Two alumni of Design-Nation are showing in the Collect Open: contemporary woodturners Ash & Plumb in S7, and maker of outstanding decorative furniture CocouManou in W2. These makers understand wood-related forms in very different ways and are both highly recommended.

Elsewhere at Collect you can find Design-Nation talents in many of the galleries:

Contemporary Applied Arts S5

Emily Jo Gibbs – textile

Hannah White – textile

Laura Plant – ceramic

Cynthia Corbett Gallery W6

Jemma Gowland – ceramic

Margo Selby – textile

Goldsmiths Fair (jewellery) E11
Catherine Mannheim (alumnus)
Ella Fearon-Low (alumnus)
London Glassblowing E24
Peter Layton (alumnus)


Fung & Bedford (paper)

Ruup & Form W1

Erum Aamir (ceramic)

Fleur Grenier (metal)

Jed Green (metal)

Vessel E12

Amy Cushing (glass)

We wish everyone a very successful fair.



On news index page: detail of new work by Andrea Spencer.

On carousel: further detail of new work by Andrea Spencer; Margo Selby with her epic new Moon Landing piece; detail of hand-dyed weaving by Natalie McCormack.

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