The Society of Designer Craftsmen is celebrating 25 years at the Mall Galleries with the Society’s largest ever show - more than 105 exhibitors displaying works ranging from ceramics to glass, wood to textiles and metal to jewels. In addition to seventy three established designer craftsmen, it will feature work by 32 new graduates who have already made their mark by demonstrating flair, talent and quality in their designs.
To mark the 25th anniversary, there will be a special display of works sized 25 x 25 x 25 cm. The Society challenged its members to create works at this scale and the result is of the most innovative and exciting ever seen at the exhibition.
The exhibition will run from Thursday 8th to Saturday 17th January 2015, and the ‘Shop Within The Show’ encourages visitors to buy and take away their favourite pieces immediately. Christine Dove Chair of the Society of Designer Craftsmen comments: “Our 25th Anniversary at the Mall will be very special, and our members have been inspired to make and show some truly exceptional pieces for everyone to see and buy. This year we set all our members the 25th challenge, and the results will be on display for visitors to see – we expect these to be particularly popular amongst collectors.”
More established makers displaying their work include Heidi Lichterman FSDC – a weaver whose work ranges from very large scale wall hangings of 30 feet or more down to beautiful scarves. Her work is in many public and corporate spaces. She is a former Chairman and launched the Society’s Designer Crafts exhibitions, curating them for 21 years until she stepped down in 2011. http://www.heidilichterman.co.uk/
Bruce Marks MSDC specializes in Blown Sculptural glass. He will be showing his beautiful and striking "Tall Birds" collection which has been used to illustrate the exhibition’s advertising materials. http://www.brucemarksglass.com/
Christine Meyer-Eaglestone MSDC creates unique items of furniture each with a surface of intricate marquetry from veneers in a variety of colours which she cuts by hand. http://www.cme-art.co.uk/index.html
Harriet Coleridge MSDC works in stoneware and porcelain and she will exhibit a collection of porcelain pieces decorated in a variety of glazes and hand finished brushwork. www.harrietcoleridge.co.uk
Amongst the rising stars - 2014 graduates - are Tori McLean LSDC, the winner of the Textile Design Category in B&Q British Talent Search 2013 in association with Elle Decoration, and the 2014 Grand Prize winner in the DesignNext International Textiles Competition. She has already been invited to exhibit at Surtex, NY, USA. Her work "Moth & Caterpillar" design was commissioned by award-winning garden designer Helen Elks-Smith to 'shroud' oak trees for her Oak Processionary Moth concept garden at this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show. www.torimclean.com
Leah Jenson LSDC – inspired by Renaissance paintings, her Porcelain vessels are hand-made and then carved with intricate, detailed patterns, a process which she describes as "tedious and time consuming but allows a lot of space for thought and reflection" http://leahjensen.co.uk/
In the 25 x 25 x 25 section, visitors can see a piece by Juliet Bigley LSDC who creates beautiful sculptural, yet elegant functional items in both silver and base metals. In 2014 she was invited to exhibit at Fortnum and Mason’s "Teatime" exhibition; her work has been bought for the Irish State Collection and at the prestigious Goldsmith's Fair she was described by Lucia Van Der Post as one of "the designers to look out for...". http://www.juliettebigley.com
Other highlights will be the much sought-after work of jeweller Jessica Noble LSDC. Jessica has been commissioned by new diamond jewellery brand, Addicted Diamonds to design their first ever collection - her colourful ‘Vine’ collection is designed to be a young, punchy and playful take on diamond jewellery. She is also working on exclusive collections for Boutique Life in 2015, as one of their featured designer brands. She is currently being featured in a four page interview in the very special first edition of Formula Life Magazine. http://www.jessicanoble.co.uk