LCW Selects: Collect 2021 Highlights

Collect, the art fair for contemporary craft and design, has returned for its 17th edition with a stellar line up of exceptional works across ceramics, glass, lacquer, jewellery, precious metalwork, textiles, wood, and paper, showcased by 32 specialist international galleries and presented by the Crafts Council. 

To celebrate Collect’s launch, here at London Craft Week we’ve put together an edit of our favourite pieces from this year’s selection…

 

ERNST GAMPERL, 47/2018/180, 2018

Ash Wood
23 3/5 × 10 1/5 in
60 × 26 cm

Gallery LVS 

Working with wood that he finds “full of character,” Gamperl allows branches, knots, and fractures in the wood to dictate the shape of his vessels, sculpting in conversation with his material.

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HELEN O’SHEA, Bi-Valve, 2019

Reused HDPE plastic, threads, pins
22 × 11 2/5 × 5 9/10 in
56 × 29 × 15 cm

Helen O’Shea’s textile-based sculptures focus on creating new narratives around waste plastics, encouraging us to think about waste as the valuable resource it is. 

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ABIGAIL BOOTH, Untitled, 2020

Pine tar (cedar of Lebanon), charcoal (cedar of Lebanon), beeswax, linseed oil, thread, calico
20 9/10 × 16 9/10 × 1 2/5 in
53 × 43 × 3.5 cm

Abigail Booth produces large-scale quilted paintings that explore the liminal space of the constructed canvas, while challenging the relationship between the imagined and the actual through her embodied interactions with the natural.

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ANGUS ROSS, Waterfall Bench, 2020

Hand shaped and steamed Scottish ash, walnut.
27 3/5 × 63 × 18 9/10 in
70 × 160 × 48 cm
Editions 2, 3 of 3

Transforming local trees into exquisite furniture, Angus Ross creates pieces with a sense of movement and flow, like this bench, which captures a delicate waterfall with its flowing lines. 

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ELLIOT WALKER, Still Life with Shrimps, 2021

Hand blown and sculpted glass
16 1/2 × 5 9/10 × 5 9/10 in
42 × 15 × 15 cm

Elliot Walker uses glass to sculpt a story, creating artworks that invite the viewer closer. His Still Life compositions have the poise of classical paintings, where symbols of domestic life are carefully balanced with the transient.

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MAX BAINBRIDGE, Hollowed Vessel, 2021

Spalted Beech from Somerset
9 1/10 × 11 4/5 × 11 4/5 in
23 × 30 × 30 cm

Max Bainbridge’s Hollowed Vessel creates a tangible link to the earth, bridging the point at which human thought intersects and entangles with the act of nature itself.

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LEE HYANG-KOO, Double Open-work Porcelain Vase with Floral Decoration, 2002

White porcelain, transparent glaze
13 2/5 × 12 1/5 in
34 × 31 cm

Lee Hyang-Koo is a master ceramicist from Icheon, South Korea. He uses open-work techniques to act as a structure for his vessels, on which exquisite, finer details sit. 

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SILVER SENTIMENTI, White Pot, Small Model – Gladiator Series – 144, 2020

Leather, vegetable tanning, weaving
5 1/10 × 7 9/10 × 7 9/10 in
13 × 20 × 20 cm

Silver Sentimenti brings a sensibility to his ceramic creations, which are made using complex firing techniques and embroidered with materials such as leather and metal to create intricate, unexpected details. 

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LINE NILSEN, Cloud Bench, 2020

Linen / Viscose / Wool / Lurex / Steel legs
18 1/2 × 17 7/10 × 47 1/5 in
47 × 45 × 120 cm

Based in the UK, Line Nilsen is a Norwegian designer, textile artist and hand weaver. Fascinated with the artisanal processes, she believes that the objects we choose to live with enrich our lives with emotion.

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MATT SMITH, Wall Sconce with Camel, 2021

Parian
6 3/10 × 7 9/10 × 4 3/10 in
16 × 20 × 11 cm

Using craft, Matt Smith’s work celebrates the mainstream and also unsettles it, taking objects from their intended roles and repurposing them in alternative situations and narratives.

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Featured Image Credit: Max Bainbridge/ Sarah Myerscough Gallery

Discover the full list of galleries, makers and objects on Artsy, where Collect remains live until 2 March 2021.

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