Showcasing the finest design talent from across the world this April.
Contemporary design and craft fair MADE LONDON returns to Canary Wharf’s East Wintergarden this April. Free to the public, over 90 makers will be showcasing and selling bespoke handmade jewellery, original ceramics, textiles, unique glass sculptures and more over the five days.
The established craft fair presents the perfect opportunity to purchase a host of original works, as well as the chance to meet the makers and designers, who will be on hand to discuss their work and inspirations.
The impressive array of talent this year ranges from glass chandelier designer Aline Johnson, who designs and produces exclusive kiln formed glass vessels, to jewellery designer Sue Gregor who uses 100% recycled acrylic. At the fair, exhibitors and designers are split into four categories:
Furniture maker Edward Johnson from Sussex set up his workshop in 2009. His three main collections, Ripples, Freeform and Murano all involve the unique technique of lamination. The Ripples collection took almost three years of trial and error to master. The first completed piece in 2012 won Edward the UK’s Wood Awards prize for bespoke furniture in 2013.
Former English teacher, David Tragen, spent six years in Barcelona collecting and restoring discarded pieces of wood, transforming them into lamps. Now owner of Tragen Design, David recently made a clock for Manchester Grammar school, which he attended as a boy, and a four-poster bed for a Manchester United footballer. David is a former winner of the Best New Maker Award at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair.
Must-see: Glass & Ceramics
Award-winning pewtersmith Fleur Grenier, famous for her designs ranging from cheese knifes and serviette rings to desk clocks and vases, will be showcasing her unique metal works. In November 2014, Fleur was invited to The Worshipful Company of Pewterers to strike her mark at a ‘touchmark’ ceremony. The Worshipful Company of Pewterers, established in 1478, helped take control of the expanding pewter trade. On completing an apprenticeship, pewterers were required to register a ‘touchmark’ to be stamped on their wares, which had to meet set standards of quality. The ceremony is now done purely for makers to register their marks so future generations can identify pewter pieces.
Lise Herud Braten will be bringing a Norwegian influence to MADE LONDON 2018 with her ceramic work inspired by her childhood in the mountains, forests and rocky beaches of Norway. Lise’s work, often categorised between “fine art and functional”, was recognised in 2017 and been gaining momentum ever since. The unusual Japanese technique of stretching and carving, often in combination with wheel throwing, helps to create natural forms reminiscent of elements in the wild.
Jewellery and silverware maker Rebecca Joselyn designed the casing for the world’s most expensive coffee, available to purchase in Harrods. In the past, Rebecca has worked on several awards and commissions, including a large oil container which was on show in the Museum of Modern Art in Kuwait.
Kathrin Friedrich, a German art jeweller now living in Chester, will be exhibiting an eclectic range of neck-pieces, with each piece suspended individually from a fashion rail. Each object is entirely hand-made from a range of materials including rubber, fabric, bronze and copper.
Must-see: Fashion & Textiles
Woven textile designer and hand-weaver, Pamela Print, will be showcasing her luxury, sustainable textiles for the contemporary home. London born, with a studio situated in the creative hub of Brussels, she fuses multicultural influences. Her interior accessories are inspired by the local Art Deco movement and feature textural geometric patterns woven using British-sourced wool with a Slow Textile ethos at heart.
Lucie Moore, Head of Arts + Events at Canary Wharf, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome back MADE LONDON to Canary Wharf to our stunning East Wintergarden. The team is proud to be championing up-and-coming and established artists, while raising awareness of their work and giving these talented individuals and companies a platform to build a profile. Last year woven textiles stole the show and this year we look forward to welcoming a new woven textile designer and hand-weaver, Pamela Print, who is flying in from Belgium to join us.”
Canary Wharf has one of the United Kingdom’s largest collections of public art, with over 65 pieces across the Estate. Art Maps detailing the self-guided walk will be available in the East Wintergarden. MADE LONDON is part of Canary Wharf’s broader lifestyle offering which features a year-round, world-class calendar of arts and events. Refreshments will also be served at the venue.
For more information about MADE LONDON – Canary Wharf, please visit: www.canarywharf.com
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2166