Designer Makers Crafted with British Luxury

Method Studio & VC - Bespoke Watchcase Photo: Andy BarrMethod Studio & VC - Bespoke Watchcase Photo: Andy BarrFair Isle KnitwearCrafted: Makers of the Exceptional in London showcases a selection of the UK’s best contemporary designer makers who were paired with luxury British brands as part of the Crafted mentorship programme.

The April showcase of nearly 30 exhibitors was curated by Peter Ting and includes ceramics, jewellery, metalware, textiles and furniture.

The exhibition highlights just some of the success stories of previous Crafted alumni, using both background sketches and finished objects to expose the making processes behind the unique projects that have resulted from makers’ participation in the programme. Amongst the objects in this section are a bespoke presentation box by Scottish furniture makers Method Studio, commissioned by Vacheron Constantin to create a series of one-off boxes including a watchcase (photo left by Andy Barr).

A celebration of excellent craftsmanship across a variety of disciplines some works on show can be worn, such as the unique headpieces from milliners Bailey Tomlin and Katherine Elizabeth Hats, bespoke shoes from Carréducker, jewellery from Ruth Tomlinson, Jacqueline Cullen and Sabine Roemer, and Fair Isle Knitwear, offered by the only bespoke maker of the ‘Fair Isle sweater’ on Fair Isle (photo left).

Others focus on decorative objects for the home, including various applications of silverware from Ndidi Ekubia, Alex Ramsay, Rauni Higson, Wayne Meeten, and Shona Marsh, glassware from Cumbria Crystal and Gillies Jones, and ceramics from Billy Lloyd.

Cabinet-making and furniture is represented alongside textural surface designers Helen Murray and Ptolemy Mann, textile designer Margo Selby (rugs bed linen), contemporary furniture maker Katie Walker, social enterprise and furniture restorers Out of the Dark, and handmade bed makers Daniel Spring. Hand-blown glass lighting from Rothschild Bickers, lacquer work by Sophie Coryndon, and Mr Smith’s letterpress workshop complete the set.

Joining these exhibitors is the Crafted programme mentorship class of 2014, which include another Scottish designer, furniture designer and maker John Galvin.

Crafted was established in 2007 by Walpole British Luxury in association with Arts & Business, with the goal of offering one-to-one mentorship for 10-12 individuals whose businesses rely heavily on craftsmanship. Mentors are selected from the Walpole group of members to help develop the business acumen of each of the new makers throughout the coming year.   Walpole represents 175 of the UK’s biggest luxury brands, including Alexander McQueen, Mulberry, Theo Fennell and Wedgwood.

See: Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional
3-5 April 2014
Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, London, W1S 3ET
Open daily 10am-6pm

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