Antiques of the Future throws the spotlight on a new generation of designers and makers creating pieces which will stand the test of time. The panel talk includes textile designer Nadia-Anne Ricketts, ceramist Billy Lloyd and gallery-owner Sarah Myerscough. It will be chaired by Crafts magazine editor Grant Gibson.
Sarah Myerscough has worked at fine art galleries across London and as an independent art consultant, working on larger corporate projects. She opened her eponymous gallery in Brooks Mews, Mayfair in 1999 as a fine art space, specialising in supporting young British graduates. She expanded its range of medium to incorporate contemporary craft and design in 2002 in an effort to disrupt preconceived boundaries in art and encourage new-found freedoms of artistic expression. Since 2007 the gallery has focused on international fairs exhibiting in Seoul, Dubai, New York, Chicago, Miami, Basel, Geneva and Paris. Sarah is a trustee of Cockpit Arts
Nadia-Anne Ricketts founded her avant-garde textile label BeatWoven in 2008. Her work explores pattern, using skilfully coded audio technology as an instrument to translate and reveal the geometric patterns created by the beats and sounds in music. Simply by playing songs and sounds it visualises and orchestrates pattern formations that fuse harmoniously with textiles, particularly with the traditional craft technique of weaving. Through innovation, woven pattern and form is reinvented, fabric aesthetic is challenged and music, fashion and lifestyle are linked. She has been described as ‘one of THE names in British craft,’ by critic and journalist Corinne Julius.
Billy Lloyd is an award-winning designer and maker of ceramic tableware and interior products. He creates functional pieces, which are simple and refined. Having graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2006, Billy went on to assist Lisa Hammond at Maze Hill Pottery for one year before embarking on a four year apprenticeship with acclaimed potter and writer Julian Stair. Upon winning the Cockpit Arts Award in 2011, Billy established his first independent studio in Deptford, where he remained for three years before moving to a larger space at the historic Iliffe Yard in 2014. Billy has developed an innovative and ambitious style of working through a hands-on understanding of ceramic materials and processes. A practitioner of exceptional skill, he pushes the boundaries of his craft to explore how it can be beautifully and practically applied in domestic, public and commercial contexts.
Grant Gibson is UK-based design, craft and architecture writer whose work has turned up in places like The Observer, New Statesman, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, FRAME, Dwell, and quite a few others. During his time Grant has been editor of Blueprint, deputy editor of FX, and acting executive editor of the RIBA Journal. He was also the launch editor of the London Design Festival Guide. He's currently the editor of Crafts, as well as a contributing editor to the Dutch architecture title MARK. In 2011 Grant was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art.