Friday, January 12, 2007

Crafting Collectors in London

A 22-carat gold bowl by Scottish metalsmith, Michael Lloyd, represented by The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, showing at Collect

This February 8-12th London's Victoria and Albert Museum will hold Collect, the 4th annual-international contemporary design fair, co-organized with the British Crafts Council. It is the only art fair of its sort in Europe and provides a special opportunity to view a broad selection of work by some of the world's premiere artists in the areas of ceramics, metals, jewelry, textiles, glass, furniture and woodworking.

As the name annouces, Collect is aimed precisely at collecting and is intended not just for curators and collectors, but for novices as well. It is justifiably blatant in its encouragement and support of the passion and provides a world-wide stage for new and already established artists, ensuring that European crafts remain central to the international discussion and study of studio arts. This year brings together 41 galleries from all over the world representing more than 350 artists.

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