Poppy Lawman, a British designer based in Oslo, Norway, creates these brush designs that are a wonderful fusion of form and function. The two series that I’m highlighting here today are the Bue and Kloss series. The Bue series is especially striking and is comprised of flowing, fluid forms tha
One of the fantastic things about art is the many styles present thanks our cultural differences throughout the world. An intriguing thing to think about is not just the differences but also the common themes that are present for all humans. A summary of the human condition that’s transcendent
Spun Prism by Umut Yamac. Copper, Mercerised cotton, Stainless steel British architect, sculptor and designer Umut Yamac works with a refined, minimal language, exploring the intersections between light, movement and space. Some of his three-dimensional objects explore how volume can be created thro
Collage has always intrigued me. The experimental nature of it, also the skill of being able to handle and combine so many different material. The starting point must be quite hard to approach from a creative standpoint. What material do you pick first? So for an artist to produce a finished piece o
I’ve noticed quite a few makers in the past year, especially those based in Europe, who have been able to apply their craft as a skill and mix it with modern design to make specific ranges that make it easy for customers to purchase. After owning OEN Shop for more than 10 years it’s been
The beautiful, minimalist work of UK-based silversmith Alex O’Conner. I was first drawn in by Alex’s ‘Kib and Skath’ capsule collection, a series of wearable sculptures that are part inspired by ancient forms. I thought this idea of incorporating craft in to our everyday live
This interesting cross section between art and craft continues to fascinate me and is an area that I think is still lacking in exploration. It seems as though craftsmen value the traditional skills and approach the production phase much like an architect would, thinking heavily about form and struct
The experience of travelling is one that seems extremely valuable to most creatives. Specific locations may have a big impact on us and push us to the point of exploration. For London-based Simon Kidd, Northern Ireland in-particular made such an impression on him that he used his experience as the m
It’s been fun working with different craftsmen to prepare their work for the website, especially supporting those whose work I’ve known about for a long time. I wrote a piece on Kate Schuricht’s work in 2014 (wow, time flies) and it’s great to get to know more about her lifes
There’s definitely still a space open for experimentation with materials that have potential but are not fully utilised. I suppose we can link all crafts to this kind of thinking. What starts out as earth or a material found in nature can become an object that isn’t representative of its
Callum Innes is a Scottish abstract artist who removes the paint before it dries, washing away or "unpainting" the canvas to reveal varied textures that make each piece unique.
British artist Tracie Andrews was a breath of fresh air as she has a great eye for knowing what shapes work with what colours to create stunning arrangements on paper.