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Collect 2009- Craft Fair 29 May, 2009

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Ever thought that craft was a dying trade? Well think again. Visitors to ‘Collect 2009,’ – The international art fair for contemporary objects – could not fail to be inspired by the decidedly vibrant collection of objects on display.

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Director of the Hayward Gallery, Ralf Rugoff said, “There are so many interesting works…reflecting the diversity and strength of contemporary crafts.” The sixth exhibition which took place from 15-17 May was re-launched at the newly relocated Saatchi Gallery near Sloane Square. Over 300 international artisans and artists promoted their wares to a targeted audience of high end collectors and design enthusiasts.

Three floors of gallery space were filled with a collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery, silver, wood and textiles.  Memorable highlights included Anthony Roussel’s jewellery crafted using 3D software and laser cutting, and Geoffrey Mann’s technologically inspired ceramics created through cinematic stop-motion techniques and traditional hand craftsmanship.

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The craft movement continues to recognize the importance of traditional practices, but Collect 2009 proved that it can also be diverse, experimental and cutting edge. It should be noted that some objects on display were functionally useless, but this did not seem to detract buyers (with big enough budgets) to splash out on purely decorative, unique pieces!

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1. Jo - 1 June, 2009

Really interesting – I love craft and would like to start a collection… but I’m not sure what to collect. I love unusual glassware, but some of the pieces are very expensive!


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