Talks & Curating

CURATING

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 September 2019

Rodmarton Re-imagined, September 2018

This exhibition in a series of bedrooms at the Arts & Crafts house Rodmarton Manor, explored the stories hidden and revealed in the objects which fill our homes. Exhibiting artists were: Sue Paraskeva, Rosalind Wyatt, Sandra Shashou, Charlotte Hodes, Hannah Louise Lamb, Natasha Kerr, Cleo Mussi, Moira Buckley, Nicki Jarvis, Zoe Hillyard and a group from Victoira Works Studios.

What people said…

“A triumph in the most subtle and sophisticated delivery.”

An exquisite, thoughtful and delightful show.”

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, The Evening Standard

‘My London Craft Week highlight,‘ Richard Edwards, Arts Council England

Other exhibitions

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 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.

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.

I 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 and makers .

TALKS

May 2019 -  I was in conversation with Franco Ceccotti, founder of Ceccotti Collezioni,  discussing HAND & HEART: A CELEBRATION OF CREATIVITY AND MAKING at Design Centre as part of London Craft Week 2019

March 2019 – I interviewed interior and furniture designer Francis Sultana about his Decade in Design as part of London Design Week 2019

March 2019 – I was part of a panel discussing the changing face of collecting in the 21st Century with Henrietta Thompson, James Perkins, Ian Abell and Tribley Gordon at COLLECT

September 2018 – I chaired a panel discussion with Edward Bulmer, Rabih Hage and Jonathan Tuckey on the subject of Past, Present, Future: Reimagination and Renewal at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour as part of Focus 18

May 2018  -  I chaired a panel discussion with Suzy Hoodless, Lizzie Deshayes of Fromental and Georgina Wood from David Collins Studio on the subject of Defining True Bespoke at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour as part of London Craft Week 2018.

March 2018 – I chaired the panel discussion with Sophie Ashby, Hubert Zandberg and Susie Atkinson on the subject of Rooms of Our Own  at Design Centre  Chelsea Harbour as part of London Design Week. 

October 2017 – I ran a workshop for an audience of 40 about hygge and happiness with Psychologies Magazine at London’s Conway Hall

September 2017 – 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

May 2017 – I spoke about Hygge in the Well-Designed Office at Icons of Denmark as part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

May 2017 – I devised and chaired the talk/tour How to Commission Wallpaper as part of London Craft Week 2017

March 2017 – I devised and chaired a discussion between artist and recipient of the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon prize Rita Parniczky, Helen Amy Murray and Anna Garner, founder of The Garner on the importance of individuality in an increasingly homogenous world as part of Design Week 2017.

What people say….

‘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 those that you interview.’ Becky Metcalf, PR Manager, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre.

‘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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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