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Origin 2009: showcasing crafts from the East

  • Date: 21 October 2009
  • Area: South East
Origin 2009

Origin 2009. Credit: Japanese Sun Bag by uoldbag.com

Nine artists from the East of England exhibited at Origin: the London Craft Fair, which took place from 6 to 11 October and 13 to 18 October at Somerset House on The Strand.

This prestigious two-week event brought together around 300 makers from 18 countries, providing visitors with the opportunity to look at, commission and buy work across a variety of disciplines including ceramics, textiles, glass, furniture, metalwork and jewellery.

Origin is presented by the Crafts Council and features a programme of events, site-specific work, talks and demonstrations. To coincide with the appointment of basketmaker Mary Butcher as the second Craft Council and V&A maker-in-residence, this year’s programme focused on basketry in order to increase public understanding and appreciation of this discipline.

Bedfordshire-based Lisa Tilley exhibited as UOldBag!, using reclaimed materials to create bespoke vintage bags and jewellery boxes. Based in St Albans, Lok Ming Fung presented her unique ceramic designs, while Jasmin Rowlandson from Ipswich exhibited a range of her sculptures inspired by the natural world.

Other exhibitors from the East of England were: Essex-based jewellery-maker Rose Ellen Cobb; rugweaver Jason Collingwood from Colchester; ceramic artist Moriam Grillo-Henry from Dunstable; Hitchin-based jewellery-maker Sarah Parker-Eaton; designer-maker Andrew Trotman and his site-specific environmental art and architecture in timber: and jewellery-maker David Poston from Suffolk.

150 contemporary makers and designers exhibited for each of the two weeks of Origin 2009. For details on all exhibitors visit Origin 09.