Flow Gallery’s current exhibition explores makers using simple multiples to build up elaborate constructions (until 5 November)
On Repeat is a multi-discipline show featuring work by 18 international makers who share an interest in creative repetition. The work ranges from Noriko Takamiya’s complex basket work sculptures, built up using simple plaited cubes, to Renata Francescon’s delicate ceramics made from multiples of handmade roses, taking in jewellery, textiles and glass on the way. But although the materials are varied, the process of creating complex, often organic shapes, out of a series of meticulously repeated simple forms gives the show a unity. And what’s more, seeing these pieces together sheds new light on some of them, helping the viewer to look at (and appreciate the skill behind) each individual part rather than merely seeing the piece as a single whole. For example Astrid Keller’s jewellery and bowls look as though they are made from a single sheet of pierced metal, but are actually built up from hundreds of little loops and dots, and on closer examination Iris Tsante’s colourful jewellery is made of hundreds of pencil shapes cunningly fused together to create a playful wreath effect.