Collect – the best contemporary craft

Makers are amazing. They are artists, artisans, inventors and innovators. And they use such a variety of materials which is why it is an absolute joy to see the array of creative excellence on show at Collect.  This show, presented by the Crafts Council, is currently on at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea.  The vast building is filled with visual delights which make you stop in your tracks and think “how on earth did they make that?”.

There are too many sensational pieces to go into great detail here, but I’ve posted a little pick and mix of photos I took at this morning’s press preview.  It’s always good to see work by Grayson Perry and his two Essex House Tapestries are a focal point, there’s also a chance to see one his early pots (below).

But Collect is primarily a selling show and a wonderful opportunity for collectors and craft enthusiasts to buy some remarkable and highly individual pieces.

For an artist, it is thrilling to see what people are making and the materials they are using and it’s a visual treat for the eye. Collect is on until 6th February and well worth a visit.  http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/collect/ 

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