A new shoppable art exhibition featuring nine contemporary makers from the Crafts Council’s directory is currently on show on the fourth floor of the iconic London store, alongside original Liberty designs.
‘The Gallery’ highlights the breadth of craft in the UK today, giving visitors the chance to view and buy the work of independent makers from across the full craft spectrum.
The featured makers are:
Abeer Kayani specialises in hand-dyed and screen-printed textiles. She works passionately with strong colours, intricate patterns, and rich printing techniques. Abeer uses her creative process to recreate her own cultural experiences from her native Pakistan.
Ash & Plumb. Sussex-based crafters in wood Barnaby Ash and Dru Plumb founded their eponymous brand to honour naturally sustainable materials by crafting unique and sculptural works from wood that breathe life into the living spaces they inhabit.
Elin Hughes. Elin Hughes creates mischievous ceramic vessels which explore her Welsh identity and the role of skill in society with influences including Victorian era ‘Gaudy Welsh’ pottery and American Abstract Expressionism of the 1950s.
Isatu Hyde. Potter, designer, and co-founder of Studio Artificer, Isatu specialises in individual and batch production, wheel-thrown ceramics, creating contemporary works that push the boundaries of the everyday. Her work plays on bold curves and classical but minimalist aesthetics, whilst also drawing on her West African heritage.
Loopy Ewes. Painstakingly handcrafted by shepherd, designer and maker Katie Allen, Loopy Ewes clothing and textiles are created using yarn produced from Katie’s flock of native breed sheep in the south-west of England. The flock are reared in a way that values natural systems and regenerates biodiversity.