by Sara Khan
We have searched far and wide to find some of the most interesting and hidden craft makers in the UK. From footwear designers to craftivists and more; we will take you behind the scenes to experience a day in their lives as part of our new series What’s Your Craft.
Today we launch Episode 2 with emerging furniture designer and winner of the prestigious Cræftiga prize Mac Collins.
Mac graduated from Northumbria University in the summer of 2018 and is now committed to creating experimental, hand crafted furniture and objects. He focuses on manipulating, yet still celebrating, the inherent beauty of the materials he works with alongside this material driven approach, Mac brings personal and cultural narratives into his work. As a designer of dual heritage, celebrating both his European and Caribbean lineage, Mac uses his design practice to explore his own identity.
Tracing his lineage, Mac creates pieces in response to issues such as African Diaspora and the slave trade. He aims to build on European and Scandinavian standards of furniture making by bringing in aesthetic and contextual inspiration from his Caribbean and African heritage.