Craftspeople are the original upcyclers. The Etsy UK's Four Corners of Craft exhibition held at Tent London showed off contemporary craft skill and the artisans’ expertise for transforming humble materials into nature-inspired masterpieces. From stunning life-like animals made from textiles to wood lasercut and steambent into new unexpected forms, keep reading for some of our favorites from the London Design Festival.
No animals were harmed in the making of Gladys Paulus’ super-realistic creature heads – they’re made from felt! Paulus handcrafts the masks for theatrical productions, photo shoots, and videos. She makes them out of felt, a naturally strong, breathable, and water-repellant material, and cuts discreet eye-holes to allow actors to peer through the mask.
London-based Emily Jo Gibbs sketches nature with stitches, using delicate hand-embroidery on layers of linen and organza.
London-based Bailey Tomlin’s incredibly detailed and realistic insects are made from textiles. These dragonflies and flies are crafted from silk, feathers and vintage threads.
Designer Bridget Bailey of London-based studio Bailey Tomlin transformed silk and metallic fiber into this stag beetle pin.
Jane Crisp’s sculptural baskets showcase the textural qualities of natural materials, like steam-bent ash and handmade copper connectors, inspired by traditional boat-building fixings.
Ikuko Iwamoto’s weirdly wonderful ceramics are inspired by the natural world, like undersea creatures and microscopic organisms.
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