I curate the biannual feature area Spotted at leading trade and gift fairs Top Drawer Spring and Top Drawer Autumn. Hand-picked showcases of businesses new to the major trade fair market, Spotted is designed to create an entry point for a new generation of exhibitors. The next showcase will run in January 2018.
‘Spotted is the perfect place to discover an edited selection of UK talent that is both ready-for-market and taps into key design trends.’ Sam Pilkington, Product Developer at the Science Museum
“Spotted put me in front of two of the most sought after buyers that I could have dreamt of.” Niki Fulton, Spotted Exhibitor January 2017
The Craft of Wallpaper at the Geffrye Museum in association with London Craft Week, 3rd-8th May 2016
Featuring work by some of the UK’s most innovative wallpaper makers, including Claire Coles, Elise Menghini, Helen Morley, Graham & Brown, Identity Papers, Juliet Chadwick, Linda Florence, Erica Wakerly and Fromental, as well as Makers in Residence and a day of talks, The Craft of Wallpaper was a celebration of making. It aimed to raise wallpaper beyond the decorative and demonstrate the real craft skills involved in its making.
‘Another triumph for curator Charlotte Abrahams,’ Barbara Chandler
‘My London Craft Week highlight,‘ Richard Edwards, Arts Council England
Crafty Fox Market
I was guest curator for Crafty Fox Spring 2016 Markets http://www.craftyfoxmarket.co.uk/
Pasting the Walls: A Celebration of 21st Century Wallpaper at Newark Park. This month-long exhibition looked at the variety of techniques, new and old, employed by eight of today’s foremost wallpaper makers.
This is Craft, presented by Charlotte, in collaboration with SITselect, at Clerkenwell Design Week. A showcase of beautiful and skilfully formed work from three of the UK’s most exciting and innovative makers – ceramicist Billy Lloyd, colour and material designer Gemma Kay Waggett and designer Joe Hartley. http://www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com/cdw-additions/sitselect/
Designing Craft, Making for Pleasure at the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in Cheltenham. The exhibition, organised by SITselect as part of its prestigious Select Festival, set contemporary craft pieces by makers including Michael Eden, Cleo Mussi and Peter Latyon, amongst the permanent Arts and Crafts collection in order to question what craft means. www.sitselect.org/textileexhibitions.html
Charlotte curated and chaired SITSelect’s day long symposium ‘Designing Craft, Crafting Design‘. Grant Gibson, Mary Greensted, Simon Pengelly, Nick Munro, John Brewer, Harriet Wallace-Jones, Michael Eden, Stephen Lewis, Susan Early, Fay McCaul, Sebastian Cox and Tracy Kendall were brought together to discuss the contemporary relationship between design and craft in front of an audience of over 60 international academics, makers and commentators. www.sitselect.org/sitsymposium.html Comments from the day include,
‘A fantastic subject, with a great panel of speakers’’
‘’ It was all so inspiring’’
‘’A meeting of heroes’’
I ran a workshop for an audience of 40 about hygge and happiness with Psychologies Magazine on 10 October 2017 at London’s Conway Hall
I devised and chaired a panel discussion, Crafting Difference, with Bill Amberg, Michael Ruh and Linda Morey Burrows as part of Focus/17 at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour
I spoke about Hygge in the Well-Designed Office at Icons of Denmark as part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2017
I devised and chaired the talk/tour How to Commission Wallpaper as part of London Craft Week 2017
The Importance of Individuality in an Increasingly Homogenous World. I devised and chaired this discussion between artist and recipient of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon prize Rita Parniczky, Helen Amy Murray and Anna Garner, founder of The Garner as part of Design Week 2017.
‘Your thoughtful questions gave Rita, Helen and Anna the opportunity to discuss their take on designing difference in front of an eager audience,’ Becky Metcalfe, PR Manager Design Centre London
I took part in the panel discussion, Is the role of the hand more or less relevant in the digital world? with Julian Stair and Fred Baier, Contemporary Applied Arts as part of London Craft Week 2016
‘I want to tell you how very much I appreciated your contribution to the CAA debate for London Craft Week. You were really amazing and your thoughts really pulled the whole thing together.’ Christine Lalumia, Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts
I interviewed Patternity for the Conversations in Design’s talk The Inspiring Power of Pattern as part of Design Festival, March 2016.
‘I’ve been asking myself why it is that all your sessions are just so special – I think it’s because you always bring out the best in the those that you interview.’ Becky Metcalf, PR Manager, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.
I spoke to students about Wallpaper & Research Methods at Norwich University of the Arts, January 2016
I Chaired The Thoughtful Home Salon Supper, a discussion between artists Rosalind Wyatt and Katherine May and guests of The New Craftsmen and One Fine Stay at The New Craftsmen Gallery, 24th June 2015 https://www.thenewcraftsmen.com/eat-drink-and-be-merry/
The Maker and the Retailer, I co-curated this day of talks with speakers Carmel Allen, Creative Director of Heal’s, Guy Hills of Dashing Tweeds, textile designer Ptolemy Mann, ceramicist Peter Ting and textile designer Gemma Waggett. October 2015
I Chaired Designing Craft, Crafting Design: Is the division between craft and design relevant today?, a panel discussion with Nick Munro, Grant Gibson, Russell Pinch. Decorex Seminar Programme, 22nd September 2014
I Chaired the day-long symposium Designing Craft, Crafting Design, as part of the Select Festival 2014
New Designer of the Year, 2017
Crafty Fox Spring Markets, 2016
Butchoff Antiques 50th Anniversary Design Award 2014