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  • Floor tiles, The Colour of Hair
  • Cumbrian Bone Marble, Yesenia Thibault-Picazo
  • Modular Mechanics Armchair, James Shaw

The New Materiality

A Crafts Council showcase presented at Tresor Craft fair in Basel, 21-24 September 2017.

Seven artists with an innovative approach to materials have been selected to show new works, each using their chosen materials to communicate ideas and research, whether it be commenting on the growing refugee crisis, the availability of raw materials in the future, exploring new ways of dying textiles in a sustainable way, creating pattern or discovering new forms for furniture. The New Materiality is the third showcase of the A Future Made programme and will take place at the TRESOR contemporary craft fair

The Crafts Council stand at Tresor will be designed by the London-based practice Julia with graphics by London designers BCMH.


Adam Guy Blencowe
Blencowe will show a group of works from his Thaw series that uses ice and plaster to produce one-of-a-kind stools and vases, the variety of textures created by controlling each particular plaster mix. Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2015, Blencowe approaches materials and systems in new ways to produce furniture, textiles and sculptural objects.

Natsai Audrey Chieza
Chieza heads an experimental design practice which tackles how we can continue to dye textiles responsibly in a world where resources have become scarce and small local crafts communities are out priced by large multinational companies.  As Resident Designer at the Department of Biochemical Engineering at University College London, Chieza has been investigating the pigmental properties of bacteria and how these might one day challenge the established systems of fashion and textile production.

James Shaw
Drawing on utopian ideas of modularity and standardization, for Tresor, Shaw will present a group of pieces from his Modular Mechanics series. Conceived during a residency in Cumbria, Shaw has developed a system of connection where the joint is spread across the whole length of the timber as both a means to create infinite possibilities and as a decorative form.
Esna Su
Born in Southern Turkey, now based in London, Su uses traditional weaving techniques to produce large wearable sculpture made from leather and paper rush. Using her work to highlight the plight of women refugees fleeing from Syria, Su focuses on their hand carried belongings in her collection, ‘Burden Bags’. Containing the lace from her own trousseau, Su’s group of works displayed at Tresor will be a thought provoking tribute to displaced peoples everywhere.

The Colour of Hair
Fabio Hendry and Martijn Rigters have come together to develop a material which uses hair to create a surface treatment and pattern on aluminium and brass. The material is then used for flooring, furniture and decorative objects, in fact there are infinite ways that this can be applied. For Tresor , The Colour of Hair will be debuting a new shelving system using their distinctive process.

Yesenia Thibault-Picazo
Thibault-Picazo defines herself as a ‘Material Teller’. Presenting her ‘Craft in the Anthropecene’ and ‘Anthropogenic Specimens Cabinet’, Thibault- Picazo suggests what mined materials our descendants might be using to create objects in the future. Taking man-made and natural occurrences such as the British BSE crisis which took particular hold in the north of England during the late 1980s, Thibault-Picazo imagines a much sort after ‘Cumbrian Bone Marble’.

Laura Youngson Coll
Known for her intricate sculptures using vellum and leather, Youngson Coll will delve deeper into the world of microbiology for her new piece created especially for Tresor. This work will reveal some of Youngson Coll’s processes, showing how a work evolves from raw material into finished sculpture. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Youngson Coll is a finalist of the 2017 Woman’s Hour Craft Prize.


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