Marks and Tools exhibition with Design Nation

Last week I took part in an exhibition on Marks and Tools put together by Design Nation at Oxo Tower Wharf. The curator was Liz Cooper, who brilliantly pulled together all the work from 23 different makers and designers. Interiors journalist Barbara Chandler wrote an online showcase about the makers and their tools. As well as ceramics, glass, textiles and furniture, there were photographs of all the makers using their favourite tools and talks from textile artist Margo Selby,  glass blower Michael Ruh and ceramicist and printmaker Hannah Tounsend. Other exhibitors included Anna Gravelle who makes tufted textiles, Gillies Jones who make beautiful glass bowls and furniture designer Hugh Miller. What I loved about the exhibition was that it showed furniture, tableware, textiles, lighting and wall pieces together as you would have them in your home, rather than the way they are usually separated into different categories in museums. Design Nation bring together designers and makers from different areas, encouraging collaboration and innovation.

Vases and bottles by Linda Bloomfield, bowls by Heidi Harrington, teapot and mug by Sue Pryke, wall cabinet by Christine Meyer-Eaglestone, wall embroidery by Zara Day.

 

Glass bottles by Sam Sweet, teapots and mugs by Sue Pryke, vessels by Hannah Tounsend, wall embroidery by Zara Day, wall map quilt by Ekta Kaul.

 

Vases by Linda Bloomfield, side table by Simon Yates, textiles by Ekta Kaul, window graphics by The Unloved.

 

Forth Bench by Angus Ross, platters by Taz Pollard, Undergrowth stand by Simon Yates, vase by Linda Bloomfield.

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