ORIGIN: THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR. london

ORIGIN: THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFT FAIR. london

Yesterday evening we met our friend Paul McAllister at Origin.  It is London Design Week, and many shows that I’ve seen this week were highlighting craft, which is refreshing since usually craft and design are seen as separate entities.

Here are a few of my favorites from the show:

Anthony Theakston

Gary Allson

John Alfredo Harris

Momoko Kumai

Pacha Design

Paul McAllister

Soungcheul Park

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postcards from jingdezhen

postcards from jingdezhen

eclectic wall

daruma?

eclectic gate

The statues placed all around town in surprising places is charming & fantastical…it reminds me a bit of Hayao Miyazaki’s films.

COSMIC. jingdezhen

COSMIC. jingdezhen

Mystery Mold

Cosmic Factory was a dinnerware factory in Jingdezhen that closed.  Now it is a shell of a complex with plates as far as the eye can see.

VESSEL. jingdezhen

VESSEL. jingdezhen

Jingdezhen China is a village of one million people that produces almost all of China’s ceramics. It is an interesting place where production is still manual in alleyways accessed by dirt roads.

TERRACOTTA WHO? xian

TERRACOTTA WHO? xian

The terracotta warriors. This masterpiece of historical China was awe-inspiring and overwhelming…and keep in mind these were only discovered in the 1970’s when some farmers were digging for a well!  Amazing.

The terracotta figures are life-sized. They vary in height, uniform, and hairstyle in accordance with rank. Most originally held real weapons such as spears, swords, or crossbows. Originally, the figures were also painted with bright pigments, variously coloured pink, red, green, blue, black, brown, white and lilac…to be honest, I prefer them faded.