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Are David Pye’s definitions of craft still relevant today?

Gareth’s written piece reappraising David Pye’s definitions 50 years on, is in the May/June Issue of Crafts Magazine. Pye’s seminal texts have been influential to the discipline of Design and Craft, but also the studio’s research into digital craft.  The Studio usually explores Pye’s ideas of ‘certainty’ and ‘risk’ through making. As a Craftsman practising in the digital age, it was exciting to commit our ideas and discoveries to paper, and contribute to the conversation. This Issue of Crafts is also the last with Grant Gibson as Editor of the magazine, a prominent writer, editor and curator, Grant has been very supportive of our work over the years, so it feels particularly special to be in this issue.

HACK CHAIR AND VES-EL AT MASTERPIECE LONDON 2018

We are delighted to announce the completion of Gareths latest work, the Hack Chair,  further pushing and exploring the interface between digital fabrication and traditional craft techniques. Sarah Myerscough Gallery will be exhibiting the Hack Chair, along with our VES-EL collaboration with Zaha Hadid, at the prestigious art fair, Masterpiece London.

The unmissable Masterpiece Art Fair runs from 28th June to the 4th of July.

MAISON & OBJECT

Meet the Orb salt & pepper grinders. We were happy to debut the remainder of our homeware collection, made exclusively for Case Furniture, at Maison & Objet in Paris this January. The Orb set will soon be available at Case Furniture London to accompany our collection including trays, trivets and serving boards.

 

 

DECODING CRAFTMANSHIP

Hosted by Joseph Walsh Studio in Cork, Ireland, this seminar Decoding Craftmanship, was part of a series of events that explores the notion of a making culture. The seminar aims to stimulate thought, to question and to inspire. We were selected to speak in a line up of exciting voices across disciplines in the international design world, such as Architects O’Donnell and Tuomey.

 

MAKING FUTURES: INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE

It was a pleasure to be invited to talk at the fifth edition of the biennial Making Futures Conference. Making Futures is a research platform exploring contemporary craft and maker movements as ‘change agents’ in 21st century society. Spanning a weekend the conference is run by Plymouth College of Art and brings together a diverse community of artists, craftspeople, designer-makers,  maker movement enthusiasts, campaigners and activists, curators and theorists to respond to the biennial topics.

The Making Futures Journal from this conference will be published in easter 2018.

 

 

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2017 NEW SANCTUARY FURNISHINGS

London Design Festival 2017 saw us unveil our completed commission for Our Lady of Victories Church in Kensington. Over the last 2 years, Gareth and Chris Eckersley have worked on the creation of original pieces, collaborating with the Parish and the UK’s leading craftsmen in wood, brass, and stone. Through these collaborations they pay homage to the historical linear-age of these crafts and materials. The result is a contemporary sanctuary for a modern Parish.

The church welcomes everyone and is open to public but please refer to the website to check when services are taking place.

16th September 2017  – Onwards

Our Lady of Victories Church

235 a Kensington High Street

London

W8 6SA