Crafts Council and The New Craftsmen present Nature Lab – an immersive installation of contemporary British craft at Design Miami/ Basel
Nature Lab showing at Design Miami/ Basel from 14 – 19 June 2016 is an immersive experience telling the story of nature transformed by six British craft talents. It is the first presentation at this prestigious fair by Crafts Council and The New Craftsmen.
The installation will be shown in a Design Curio, a new exhibition platform at Design Miami/ Basel. Each maker has developed radical new techniques to transform such everyday substances as wood, sand, salt, clay, flowers and ice into objects of wonder.
The six makers in Nature Lab are Eleanor Lakelin; Emily Gardiner; Jochen Holz; Joseph Harrington; Marcin Rusak; and Marlène Huissoud. In the installation, designed by Gitta Gschwendtner, wild, encroaching nature is transmuted by skilled hands and ingenious minds into elemental objects that emerge from the darkness to conjure wonder and intrigue. A laboratory of nature will present what looks like insect glass, flower fossils and ice caught at the moment of melting. The laboratory will include:
• Marlène Huissoud who manipulates bee resin using traditional Venetian, glassblowing and engraving methods to create an unexpected material with glass-like translucence
• Marcin Rusak who suspends flowers in black resin to create a material that captures the ephemerality, beauty and subtlety of the natural world.
• Emily Gardiner whose sculptural ceramics radiate with life force as organic forms unfurl or push wildly from their encasements.
Nature Lab is the first showcase within A Future Made – a partnership between the Crafts Council, The New Craftsmen, Craft Scotland and Ruthin Craft Centre aimed at raising the profile of British craft via international design fairs. A Future Made is a two-year international programme funded by Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales, as well as being supported by the GREAT Britain campaign which will showcase up to 30 makers over that time. To date 14 makers have been selected to take part in this programme in 2016.
Close to 200 makers applied to be a part of A Future Made, with the selection of 14 made by a high profile and knowledgeable panel spanning design, craft, fashion, and architecture and interior design.
The selection panel for A Future Made was: Mark Eley (Eley Kishimoto); Max Fraser; Catherine Lock (The New Craftsmen); Ambra Medda; Jonathan Reed; Beverley Rider; and Annie Warburton (Crafts Council).