9 highlights from our hunt for #craftshelfies
We’ve been asking you to share photos of craft displayed in your home using the hashtags #craftshelfies and #craftcollectors. Here are a handful of highlights so far – a mix of purchased works and artists’ own collections that gave us an insight into how people live with their handmade treasures. Continue to send us your posts on Instagram and we will share our favourites.
This photo of artist Dan Coopey – who weaves baskets himself – showcases his enviable collection of handmade fans. These were created by various communities across the Amazon, spanning Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela, mostly purchased from Amoa Konoya Indigenous Art in São Paulo.
A submission by textile artist Carol Eckert, who creates sculptures from cotton, linen and wire using coiling, a basketry technique. 'An image of a Yoruba crown was the beginning of all my work,’ she says. ‘It was a poor photo with no caption and I thought it was coiled (though it was beaded) and wondered if I could also coil a bird — and I could!’ Click on the post and swipe to see the Yoruba crowns.
Gabby Deeming, creative director for interiors at House & Garden magazine and founder of women’s clothing brand Daydress, posted a photo of two items she has bought via the Artist Support Pledge – a painting by Henry Woolway and a vessel by Lydia Hardwick – on display at her flat, which she had been away from for a while. ‘It was magic to see all my things again,’ she added.
This photo was submitted by Karolina Merska, who is on a mission to revive the art of making traditional straw and paper pajaki chandeliers from Poland via her business Folka – taken on a sunny day in January at her London studio, for magazine and creative agency Majestic Disorder.
A shelfie from Daisy Cook – an elegant composition with works by Akko Hirai and Jayne Armstrong
This is artist Lora Avedian’s desk, where she’s spending evenings and weekends working while juggling childcare in lockdown. ‘Dim light and a bit of a mess but I love it,’ she says. ‘I often do a re-arrange, every few months which maybe be due soon, so watch this space.’
Birmingham’s Craftspace shared several photos, including some of the shelves of its director Deirdre Figueiredo, which include an Amazonian shuttlecock, as well as works by Tanya Gomes, Matthew Harris, Agnès His, Neil Brownsword, Clare Twomey Lin Cheung and others
Furniture maker Theo Deboick posted the results of three weeks of organising his collection, including a curio-shelf he made from 100 year old jarrah wood salvaged from his grandparents’ house, which holds pieces of taxidermy, entomology and other oddities, as well as a carved wooden statue displayed on a corbel he made for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
LA-based fibre artist Susan Maddux, who makes folded canvas wallhangings, prepared for her first virtual studio visit by displaying these works on her walls.