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London Craft Week: The Natural Room & FiredUp4

Sarah Myerscough’s gallery space is well worth the trip to sleepy Barnes. What a space, filled to the brim with lovely things, handcrafted and organic – I was truly mesmerised.

After reading Elizabeth Metcalfe’s article for House and Garden, I immediately hopped on my bike for a trip to view Cristian Mohaded’s ‘Torres Flotantes.’

Hand woven Simbol floating towers that can be made taller or smaller to adapt to your space do not disappoint.

Mohaded is from Argentina and has collaborated with a traditional weaver in Catamarca, Lorenzo Reyes, to create these sumptuous sturdy pieces.

We are totally obsessed with baskets, hanging these in a room will soften any contemporary space and not to mention on a practical level, will help to improve the acoustics.

Each hand crafted piece has a story to tell. We loved Angela Damman’s sisal light installation. Tumbling languidly on an iron frame, this collection emits a warm light that looks rather ethereal. Working sustainably with artisans in the Yucatan in Mexico, Damman aims to preserve ancient traditions and cultures from the area that are in danger of disappearing.

Peter Marigold and Tadanori Tozawa are a British and Japanese duo who have created the most awe inspiring wall cabinets using an ancient Japanese technique of splitting logs “clefting.” It will blow your mind – you can also view Peter Marigold’s work in the public collection at the V & A in London.

I could wax lyrical about this exhibition for hours but these are artworks that need to be touched and experienced.

The organic woods often have glorious scents and the gallery has started a new smaller handheld series with Alison Crowther. These small affordable pieces fit into your palm – it’s a strangely emotional experience holding a crafted piece of the earth in your hand. We highly recommended it.

Last week, we kick started London Craft Week with an ‘In Conversation Webinar’ with leading ceramicist, Kate Malone and interior designer Nina Campbell.

Editor and podcast host of Material Matters, Grant Gibson hosted the discussion which marked the launch of the FiredUp4 auction, which features the UK’s leading ceramic artists, including John Ward,  Malene Hartmann Rasmussen, Edmund De Waal and Akiko Hirai.

The auction will raise funds to provide pottery studios to OnSide Youth Zone members, many of whom are vulnerable and marginalised and would not otherwise have opportunities to be creative.

CLICK HERE if you would like to view the auction online.

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