Collective Invites – the second iteration of the selling exhibition showcasing the work of eight makers championed by the Crafts Council’s Hothouse scheme – moves into 67 York Street, Marylebone, this year, a new London destination space dedicated to contemporary practitioners of design, craft and art. The eight creatives represent the brightest fresh talent in ceramics, jewellery, textiles, lighting and furniture, and will unveil new designs and concepts. Bespoke pieces can also be commissioned at the show, which runs from April 23 to 28.
Jacky Puzey (jackypuzey.com) is one designer in ascendance. She combines digital technology with traditional embroidery skills in combinations of feathers, tweed, fur, lace, organza and an array of tactile materials, creating decadent velvet cocktail chairs and encrusted silk wallpapers. Her bespoke embroidered Peacock wallpaper collection (priced from £480 per m, produced to bespoke dimensions), shimmering with iridescent plumage, will be unveiled at the show.
Furniture is well represented by Brook Studio (brook-studio.co.uk) and Byron & Gómez. The former, founded by Tim Evershed in 2016, focuses on timeless designs in natural materials such as wood, leather and river rush (priced from £750), while Byron & Gomez (byronandgomez.com) are cabinetmakers, creating handcrafted furniture (priced from £1,650) with a contemporary edge from their workshop in Somerset.
Collectors of ceramics will find new inspiration in the work of Hannah Tounsend (hannahtounsend.co.uk) and Arjan van Dal (arjanvandal.com), both of whom will present works at the exhibition. Tounsend combines ceramics and printmaking (priced from £150) to create layered monochrome pieces inspired by the weatherworn marks of the British coastline, which are cut and dissolved strategically to create unique forms. Van Dal is focused on the honesty and expression found on the potter’s wheel and vessels (priced from £48) retain the marks of the handmade process.
Kate Colin (katecolindesign.com), who creates pieces that bridge the gap between design and craft, works with paper to create bold and colourful lighting installations reflecting the complex structures of mathematics. Through intricate paper-folding techniques (priced from £290), she explores light, shadow, colour and geometric form.
Equally beguiling is the collection of jewellery by designer Rebecca Sarah Black (rebeccasarahblack.com), who takes inspiration from geological structures and her native east Scottish coastline to create pieces (priced from £90) with a strong sense of place. Her Encrusted collection combines recycled silver, semi-precious stones, precious stones and responsibly sourced bovine bone. Amanda Denison (amandadenison.com), meanwhile, has a contemporary take on enamelling and draws on the surface to explore the beauty of mark-making, which can be seen eloquently in her new Fragments series of brooches (priced from £125).
“This is a great opportunity to explore new possibilities for commissions and artworks, both for the exhibitors and for those who visit us,” says Puzey.