THIS IS CRAFT at Clerkenwell Design Week
May’s celebration of all things designed and made continues as the doors open on Clerkenwell Design Week. Now in its sixth year, CDW is firmly established as the UK’s leading independent design festival, attracting thousands of visitors from the international design community to this super cool corner of East London for three days of events and exhibitions.
SITselect exists to promote interesting, talented makers, so when we were offered a stand in the Additions area of CDW earlier this year, we didn’t think twice. Two months on, we are delighted to say that THIS IS CRAFT is ready to take its place amongst a select group of international brands and emerging talent at The Crypt on the Green.
THIS IS CRAFT is a curation of beautiful and skilfully formed work from three makers who we believe to be amongst the UK’s most exciting and innovative makers - ceramicist Billy Lloyd, colour and material designer Gemma Kay Waggett and designer Joe Hartley.
Billy Lloyd is an award-winning designer and maker of ceramic tableware and interior accessories. A practitioner of exceptional skill, Billy pushes the boundaries of his craft to explore how it can be beautifully and practically applied in domestic, public and commercial contexts. He creates functional pieces, which combine the visceral vocabulary of craft with the industrial language of manufacture. As celebrated by his recent QEST Scholarship, Billy has developed an innovative and ambitious style of working through a hands-on understanding of ceramic materials and processes. Subsequently, Billy has created a diverse portfolio of bespoke and exclusive products as a result of numerous collaborations with international retailers, luxury brands, restaurants and hotels, architects and private collectors. http://www.billylloyd.co.uk/
Gemma Kay Waggett studied Printed Textiles at Central Saint Martin’s before completing her MA in Mixed Media Textiles at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2014. Inspired by visual journeys, the world around her and how traditional techniques can be reinterpreted for future environments, she carefully combines layers of colour, pattern and shape to create embroidered and printed textile outcomes. Gemma is also the occasional shopkeeper behind Nothing but Navy, the lifestyle pop up brand she founded in 2011. http://gemmakaywaggett.com/
Beyond Woven Textile by Gemma Kay Waggett
Joe Hartley is a designer based in Manchester. In his workshop he uses refreshingly low tech processes to work wood, cloth and clay. The playful objects he makes are the result of an overwhelming interest and curiosity in the simplest of day to day tasks. Before working with materials Joe worked with ingredients, first as a butcher and then in a bakery. There is strong evidence of these earlier roles in his current work, in form, function and a complete honesty to the material. Joe often goes by the title of Butcher, Baker, Designer, Maker. https://josephjameshartley.wordpress.com/
Wooden Tongs by Joe Hartley
We chose these three makers because we feel that they are all names to watch, but we also believe that when shown together, their work is an eloquent expression of what contemporary craft is.
THIS IS CRAFT will be at Stand 20, Additions, The Crypt on the Green, St James Church, Clerkenwell Close, EC1R 0EA as part of Clerkenwell Design Week from 19th – 21st May 2015. To register go to http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/