Beautiful furniture, luxurious textiles, stunning jewellery and works in silver, ceramics and wood selected to represent Scotland at Collect 2020.
Craft Scotland have revealed the designers and makers selected to be showcased at Collect, the international art fair for modern craft and design from 27 February to 1 March 2020. A focal point of Collect 2020 in its own dedicated room, the Craft Scotland gallery will showcase covetable artworks in silversmithing & goldsmithing, furniture making, ceramics, textiles and blacksmithing. A mixture of established artists and exciting new craft talent, the 8 makers selected represent some of the most celebrated craftspeople working in Scotland today. Held for the first time in Somerset House in London, Collect is the craft sector’s premier showcase, bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from around the world to present a stunning array of established and new talent. Since its launch in 2004, Collect has gone from strength to strength to become one of the world’s leading fairs for contemporary applied art and the highlight of the craft calendar.
Following a rigorous selection process, makers chosen include Daniel Freyne, a blacksmith with an in-depth knowledge of iron and forge work who is pushing the limitations of his material to evoke a likeness to ceramics and Araminta Campbell whose textile work takes inspiration from Scotland’s landscape to create carefully sourced hand woven pieces.
Returning artists include silversmithing artist Hamish Dobbie whose new collection of silver drinking vessels builds on the popular collection featured at Collect 2019 and master craftsman Angus Ross who will present new benches in steam bent oak designed using CNC cutting.
The Craft Scotland showcase at Collect 2020 builds on the success of the national agency for craft’s presence at Collect 2019 which resulted in a number of commissions and high-profile purchases. As part of a wider strategy for developing Scottish craft’s international profile the show will position Scotland-based makers and their work in front of international curators, collectors and buyers from world renowned institutions.
Speaking ahead of the show Craft Scotland Director Irene Kernan said: “Collect has long been the premier showcase for the craft market. We’re delighted to build on the growing interest in high-quality Scottish craft by returning this year. The makers presented are all pushing the boundaries of their work whether that is in developing new techniques or expanding their practice with new materials. As a result, Craft Scotland at Collect is an opportunity to see this talent and ambition up close.”
Jessica Bonehill, Creative Industries Officer (Crafts), Creative Scotland said: “Showcasing Scottish work at Somerset House this year will highlight craft as one of Scotland’s strengths. The ambitious and thoughtful work selected represents the innovative ways makers in Scotland are re-imagining their fields and enriching our understanding of what it means to make craft today.”
The showcase for Collect 2020 was curated by an industry panel; Hugo MacDonald (Curator and Writer), Emma Nicolson (Head of Exhibitions at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh) and Jo Scott (Project Manager, Craft Scotland). Visitors to Collect 2019 will discover beautifully crafted statement pieces from well-established Scottish makers and emerging Scottish talent with unique perspectives.
Selection panelist Hugo Macdonald said: “The eight makers we selected to represent Scotland at Collect 2020 prove that the country’s craft heritage is thriving. These are compelling pieces, from the minds and hands of extremely talented craftspeople. Each of the makers demonstrates impressive skill, creativity and a commitment to quality that deserves a global platform and showcase.”
Collect, the international art fair for modern craft and design, is the craft sector’s premier showcase, bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from around the world. It offers visitors an unrivalled opportunity to see contemporary museum-quality craft from makers represented by 30-plus of the world’s best galleries.
The 8 makers selected are:
Angus Ross is a master craftsman renowned for his work with steam bent oak, Angus works from his studio in Perthshire using carefully selected trees from his own woodland. Ross is concerned with sustainability, structure, function and place, and creates delightful, museum quality, contemporary furniture characterised by pure flowing lines.
Bringing together inspiration from nature, carefully sourced natural fibres and meticulous craftsmanship, Araminta Campbell’s work marks a return to textiles that are rooted in people and place. With a background in fine art textiles, Araminta approaches design as an artist and these handwoven pieces are akin to her paintings with no two pieces ever the same. The ethos of her studio based in Edinburgh is to ensure that every piece is of the highest quality British alpaca fibre whilst being fully traceable and sustainably sourced.
Pushing the limitations of his material, Daniel Freyne is a blacksmith with an in-depth knowledge of iron and forge work. His experimental process seeks new methodologies for working with iron, and in this process, he has found a creative liberation. His Playful Perceptions collection features beautiful vessels that evoke a likeness to ceramics, in fact they are hand-forged out of steel. This collection challenges our common understanding of these materials. Daniel learned his craft as an apprentice at Ratho Byres Forge, then as craft Journeyman in Europe and with a BFA in Metal Art at the University of Sweden.
Hamish Dobbie designs and makes silver drinking vessels inspired by the landscape and textures of Scotland. Hamish uses a variety of techniques to create these pieces including engraving, chasing, 3d printing and traditional metal forming processes.
For Jonathan Wade, growth, decay, accumulation and erosion in the natural world are of permanent fascination. A guiding principle of Wade’s work is to investigate the expression of qualities that are specific and unique to ceramic – material qualities of clays in differing physical states, control and expression in making, and interaction between a clay ‘body’ and glaze. Alongside form, scale, presentation and association, the surface of an object is important as the point of interaction. He uses ‘alchemical’ processes that turn clay into ceramic through the application of heat, altering chemical and crystalline structures of material that has itself undergone transformations measured in geological timescales, influences his thinking and making.
Mella Shaw uses clay to make thought-provoking objects and site-specific installations. Underpinned by a background in anthropology, museums and the study of material culture Shaw analyses and dissects the ways in which objects are imbued with specific cultural and personal meaning, shared or private, which can be read on an emotional and/or subliminal level. She uses traditional smoke-firing techniques – the most ancient of ceramic processes – and applies these to contemporary shapes which have a dynamic and kinetic energy.
Naomi Mcintosh is a designer interested in exploring the relationship between the body and objects through design and works on different scales from jewellery and sculptural objects to installations. With an architectural background she creates spaces by using techniques similar to an architectural model maker. Naomi works primarily in wood, combining a broad range of skills that include digital and hand processes taking inspiration from pattern, movement, landscape and collaborations.
Inspired by geology, ancient history and our changing landscapes, Rhona McCallum creates statement collections of silver and gold jewellery. She combines rugged, natural textures with bold, sculptural forms. Forged and carved lines run through the pieces – accentuated by flashes of gold – referencing geological fractures, lines and layers found in stone. Rhona’s award-winning jewellery is handmade in her studio in Glasgow and has been exhibited around the world, including Goldsmiths’ Fair in London and New York’s Museum of Arts and Design.
Craft Scotland at Collect 2020
Thursday 27 February – Sunday 1 March
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Tickets available here.