And the winner is….

A few weeks ago the Perrier Jouet Arts Salon met up in a gorgeous garden room, complete with motorised roof for when it got a bit too chilly, at the Belgraves Hotel. Our purpose to select the 2014 winner.

We had 10 nominees, all emerging makers working within the contemporary craft world. Over glasses of champagne and mini portions of fish and chips we discussed each nominee in turn. This for me is the most fascinating part, to hear everyone’s views on each of the nominees is really interesting. This year there was much discussion and difference of opinion which was great.

I went into the meeting undecided as to which person I wanted to win, I could see something in a lot of the work, though there was one that I kept coming back to as a favourite. The discussions clarified my thoughts which was helpful.

After we discussed each nominee we then voted for who we thought should receive the prize.

Luckily there was a clear winner, Laura Youngson Coll. Laura works in leather and vellum and inspired by the natural world. Techniques of on-laying, paring and manipulating saturated leather are utilised, disengaged from their familiar function within book binding and employed within intricate sculptural works. Her work is designed to question assumptions about the aesthetic of leather, provoking a closer look and to articulate the diverse and patient making involved in working with such a material.

Part of Laura’s prize is a solo show at Contemporary Applied Arts in London.  The exhibition will run from 25 June to 31 August 2014.

Click here for more details and here are a few images of her work.

Laura Youngston Coll Untitled(Lichen)

Untitled (Lichen) © Laura Younson Coll

(Laura Youngston Coll - untitled)lichendetail

Untitled (Lichen detail) © Laura Youngson Coll

Laura Youngston Coll -WhiteGardendetail

White Gardend detail © Laura Yongson Coll

Laura Youngson Coll whitegarden

White Garden © Laura Youngson Coll

Aren’t they amazing, the detail in them is extraordinary and they are all made out of vellum. I can’t wait unit her exhibition to see them in the flesh.



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