Craft makers, redefining luxury

The increasing demand for unique handmade pieces continues to position artisans and makers in the spotlight as “made by hand” continues to be the nation’s hottest trend, and the fastest growing UK creative industry*, contributing £3.4bn to the UK economy**. 
 
Returning to Olympia London from 13-15 January 2019, the UK’s leading lifestyle show, Top Drawer presents CRAFT, now in its 9th edition, it is firmly established as the UK’s trade platform showcasing an extraordinary curated selection of over 90 contemporary makers from the UK and overseas.
 
Makers across Ceramics & Glass, Fashion & Textiles, Jewellery and Mixed Media disciplines will present their new ranges, everything from the purely decorative to beautifully functional pieces. A redefinition of luxury through beautiful, handmade pieces crafted with refined skills, aligned with the strong market and consumer trends.
Names to look at for this season include contemporary ceramicist JDP Ceramics, bronze sculptural designer Pomarius, textile and scarf designers Quinton-Chadwick and Alison Stockmarr who is known for her unique collaged 3D artworks. New to Top Drawer is French ceramicist Ismael Carre, who will make his UK debut at this season’s show.
 
Pomarius originated from a residency project by artist Alice Andrea Ewing and has since developed as an ongoing series of unique bronze pieces and limited-edition collections. Working with diverse locations, ancient trees and individuals, means that each work is unique, using organic specimens in the casting process instead of a wax or mould. Designer Alice Andrea Ewing explained the process saying; “We’re constantly evolving every stage of the casting process - never outsourcing to another foundry or handing a work over to a different department to finish; we take pride in every stage of the making process.” Visitors to Top Drawer can expects to see a selection of some of the most popular Pomarius varieties, embellished with other species and types of produce. 
 
James Pegg’s background in Fashion and Printed Textiles shows through in his beautifully textured and coloured ceramic works, which serve both functional and aesthetic purposes, with a multitude of unique pieces. Key stockists include Bonds Hackney and Thrown Contemporary, and a recent feature in The Guardian’s Xmas Gift List 2018 proves the wide and commercial appeal of his pieces. 
 
With a major passion to keep traditional knitting skills alive in the UK, design duo Jess Quinton and Jane Chadwick came together with a mutual vision to launch their knitwear label using only British manufacturers, Quinton-Chadwick.  Using specialist factories in Scotland and Nottingham along with a co-operative of hand-frame knitters in Devon; their hands-on approach to industrial techniques and processes has helped the label develop a modern twist on heritage patterns. Inspired by colour and the play of scale and pattern, each new collection moves with current trends yet embraces the brands iconic, quirky style. Top Drawer SS19 will see the design duo showcase their latest collection, which takes inspiration from sources including Anni Albers and pop art.
 
British Artist Alison Stockmarr will present her witty take on social media; Face Books, comprising of beautifully illustrated book art, alongside Picture Book; containing beautifully illustrated book art, alongside her; and Alphabetical Encyclopaedias, monochrome 3-D collaged images, all these works of art are created using old books, records and original materials to create nostalgic imagery but with a playful, contemporary twist. 
 
Buyers are now invited to register online www.topdrawer.co.uk to preview this exclusive collection of contemporary makers in the CRAFT area at Top Drawer.
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