Collect 2021 talks

If you missed the Collect 2021 series of talks, they are now all available to view online on the Crafts Council website. There are insightful conversations where makers discuss their creativity in depth, and panel conversations from experts in the field of craft and design.

I was honoured to have my wax wildflower sculpture ‘Life Support, May 2020: Dog violet, Viola riviniana‘ selected for discussion at the VIP Collect Selects: Textiles and New Materials, in association with the V&A and RCA along with five other makers. The event brought Dr Christine Checinska (Victoria and Albert Museum) together with Anne Toomey (Royal College of Art) to discuss their selection of stand-out objects at this year’s Collect Art fair. You can catch up with their discussion here:

I also took part in Ruup & Form’s Artist Tag Talks, a series of group conversations exploring the meditative creative process, as part of the Ruup & Form ‘Meditation in Material’ exhibition which was curated for Collect 2021. Click on the link below to view the 2nd conversation where Anne Butler (ceramics), Eva Fernández (interdisciplinary), Jessica Jue (silversmith), Melissa Aldrete and Luis Cárdenas (ceramics), Line Nilsen (textile) and I talk about our process and materials with director Varuna Kollanethu.

The Collect 2021 fair continues online via Artsy until 24th March and Meditation in Material will be on show at the Ruup & Form gallery until 30th April 2021.

Ruup & Form’s Artist Tag Talk Series: 1st and 2nd March, 2021 | 13:00 h

I’m delighted to announce that I’m participating in a series of conversations exploring the meditative creative process of Ruup & Form’s artists, makers and designers; for the exhibition ‘Meditation in Material’ curated for Collect International Art Fair for Craft and Design 2021.

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic – artists, makers and designers were questioning their production methodologies in terms of their economic, environmental and social impact. With the uncertainty of the current health crisis, these matters have become more pressing within all creative industries.
In these peer-to-peer group conversations, the Ruup & Form makers will discuss their process working closely with natural materials and experimenting with their techniques. With a special focus on the cultural shifts in the way society interacts and perceives materials.

The talks will take place in two separate sessions and will be moderated by Ruup & Form Director, Varuna Kollanethu.
Both events are free entry but require prior registration. If you’re interested in joining us, you can register by clicking the link below each event.

Artist Tag Talk Vol. 01 – Meditation in Material | Sustainability Monday, March 1st  [13:00 h GMT]

Participants:
Claire Malet (metal and silversmith)
Bridget Harvey (repair-making)
Hannah Lobley(paper and wood)
Naomi Mcintosh(interdisciplinary)
Kuniko Maeda(paper)
Robert George(wood)

Register for this event here

Artist Tag Talk Vol. 02 – Meditation in Material | Materiality Tuesday, March 2nd  [ 13:00 h GMT]

Participants:
Anne Butler (ceramics)
Eva Fernández (interdisciplinary)
Jessica Jue (silversmith)
Melissa Aldrete and Luis Cárdenas(ceramics)
Annette Marie Townsend (interdisciplinary)
Line Nilsen (textile)

Register for this event here

If you have any questions about the events, please submit them to: hello@ruupandform.com and for more details about the Ruup & Form makers visit: www.ruupandform.com    
MEDITATION IN MATERIAL
Will be on view at Artsy from 26th of February until the 24th of March, 2021

Meditation in Material with Ruup & Form at Collect 2021

From 26th February – 2nd March 2021, my new Life Support series of beeswax wildflower sculptures will be shown by Ruup & form in Meditation in Material at Crafts Council Collect 2021 Art Fair

As the pandemic is currently preventing everyone from coming together, this year the Collect International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft and Design will take place online, with Artsy.net as the exclusive hosts. Each exhibiting gallery will have their own online ‘booth’ to display their artists’ work for sale, and there will be a week of accompanying talks and events alongside interviews and films.

Life Support, May 2020: Dog violet, Viola riviniana. Image by Dewi Tannant Lloyd

The Life Support series of work, which will be seen for the first time at the fair, was created throughout 2020 in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The series of beeswax wildflower sculptures tell a deeply personal story of this moment in history. Each one is displayed in its own protective hand-blown glass bubble and mounted on a custom CNC lathed stainless steel base. They encapsulate my thoughts and feelings and illustrate the importance of our access to nature through gardens, parklands and green city centre spaces at this time of crisis.  

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been collecting my research photographs and images of the making process, and organising them into a video sequence to illustrate how the project evolved over time. Here is a preview clip from the finished video showing the making of a primrose flower.

A short clip from the Life Support series video

The full version will be available to view in accompaniment to the artwork on display at the Collect 2021 fair. It looks to be a wonderful online event and I hope you will be able to join us there from the comfort and safety of your own homes.