So much to see and so much to admire. The 2022 edition of Collect, organised by the Crafts Council at Somerset House, presents a dazzling array of top quality crafts made by many of the world’s best practitioners. It’s a treat and such a relief that it’s back. Collect is on until 27th February 2022.

I guess I was attracted to this work by Pinkie Maclure, in North Lands Creative room East Wing E16, because of the fabulous colours and the intriguing narrative to the piece. It takes stained glass artwork to a new level.

These two at the Craft Scotland room, West Wing W10, caught my eye. I loved the surface on these pieces: carved Limpet by Duke Christie and a very decorative ceramic hare by Susan O’Byrne.

It’s hard to resist multiples when they festoon a wall. I was very taken by Amanda McCavour‘s very pretty paper and embroidery poppies which cut a dash in the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, South Wing S9. And Naomi Mcintosh’s installation was decorative and arresting.

There’s a huge abundance of wonderful ceramics on show. I can’t show all the photos I took but here are couple. I think it’s the texture and decoration which does it for me.

And finally, here are some pieces made from paper – always the material I’m keen to see used!

Above, art within a book by Jeremy May at the Jagged Art Gallery.

A bit disturbing. But very clever mix of talents and media from the partnership between Sharon Griffin and Wayne Chisnall in a show of work called Unlockdown.

Collect is on at Somerset House 25-27 February 2022. Great to have it back in action!

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