The beauty of Collect Discover the stars of this year’s big upcoming craft and design fair
Now in its 15th year, modern craft and design fair Collect brings together a wealth of innovative talent from around the globe. Here, we preview some of the show’s big stars…
Collect began its life in 2004 at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where it hosted its first five shows before moving to the Saatchi Gallery in 2009. A visual feast, now presented by the Crafts Council, it champions the best of cutting-edge modern craft from galleries spanning four continents, and includes metalwork, woodwork, glass, ceramics and textiles by more than 400 artists. Also on display are boundary-pushing installations and experimental works by makers using non-traditional materials.
‘There’s a mix of emerging talent and established makers,’ explains director of the show Isobel Dennis. ‘Craft has no boundaries. It influences our lives in so many ways, from the chairs we sit on to the buildings we live in. The collaboration between the disciplines of craft, art and design is producing surprising and remarkable outcomes.’ Plus, with institutions such as the V&A setting aside budget to buy outstanding pieces at Collect, auction houses including Phillips and Christie’s incorporating contemporary craft into their sales, and ceramics increasingly featured at shows such as PAD, Design Miami and Masterpiece, artistic and economic interest in craft has never been greater. All the more reason not to miss this year’s show. 28 February–3 March, Saatchi Gallery, London (craftscouncil.org.uk). ➤